Severe storm in central Alberta causes more than $30 million in insured damage

July 17, 2017 (TORONTO) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports a severe storm that swept through central Alberta during the third week of June has resulted in more than $30 million in insured damage according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

​On June 20, a low-pressure system caused severe thunderstorms in parts of central Alberta including Red Deer, Innisfail and Pine Lake. The storms produced hail and winds of over 100 km/hr.

Strong winds were the primary cause of property damage. The wind brought trees down on top of buildings and cars, and left thousands of properties in Red Deer without power. The strong winds also tore off roof shingles, caused flying debris and blew over a tractor-trailer. 

"Severe storms have been happening more often and with greater intensity across Alberta," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western, IBC. "It is important that Canadians understand their insurance policies and what's covered. It's also essential to have an emergency preparedness plan and know what to do when bad weather strikes."

​About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada's private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.  

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About CatIQ

Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) delivers detailed analytical and meteorological information on Canadian natural and man-made catastrophes. Through its online subscription-based platform, CatIQ combines comprehensive insured loss indices and other related information to better serve the needs of the insurance and reinsurance industries, public sector and other stakeholders. To learn more, visit