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Calgary storm accounts for half of insured claims in Canada in 2012


In three of the last four years, storm damage claims have soared past a billion dollars (courtesy: Lee Asplund)
In three of the last four years, storm damage claims have soared past a billion dollars (courtesy: Lee Asplund)

The Canadian Press

December 12, 2012 — The Insurance Bureau of Canada says one violent storm in Calgary last summer accounts for half of the almost $1.2 billion in claims across the country this year.

High winds and flooding form a storm that hit Calgary on August 12 cost $552 million in insured damage (courtesy: Bill Lepp)
High winds and flooding form a storm that hit Calgary on August 12 cost $552 million in insured damage (courtesy: Bill Lepp)

The bureau says high winds and flooding form a storm that hit Calgary on August 12 cost $552 million in insured damage and claims are still coming in.

Heather Mack, the insurance bureau's Alberta spokeswoman, says many of the claims were for flooding or hail damage to vehicles and homes.

There were also business losses and instances of trees hitting houses.

The insurance bureau is watching a growing trend of severe weather in Canada.

In three of the last four years, storm damage claims have soared past a billion dollars.


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