Hail storm in southern Alberta causes nearly $ 1.2 billion in damage: insurance bureau

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EDMONTON – The powerful hailstorm that hit homes, vehicles and crops in southern Alberta last month caused nearly $ 1.2 billion in insured damage.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada said the hail, rain and wind that hit Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on June 13 were among the most costly hailstorms and the fourth most insured natural disasters dear to Canadian history.

Hail as big as tennis balls, shredded vinyl siding, hammered roofs, broken windows and flattened crops.

Celyeste Power, vice-president of the office, affirms that the insurers always deal with the claims.

The bureau claims that hail and wind damage is generally covered by home, commercial and auto insurance policies.

He notes that the Alberta government offers some support to people who have experienced land floods in flood prone areas.

“Albertans are all too familiar with the stress, turmoil and financial hardship that severe weather events can cause,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Of the 10 most expensive disasters in Canada, six of them hit Alberta. Fortunately, Albertans are resilient and continue to regroup in difficult times like these. ”

The most expensive insured natural disaster ever recorded is the Fort McMurray forest fire in 2016, which cost nearly $ 4 billion.

The second highest loss was the 2013 flood in southern Alberta, at $ 3.5 billion.

This Canadian Press report was first published on July 8, 2020

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