Prairie storm in June tops $45 million in insured damage

​JULY 16, 2015 (EDMONTON) – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports that the hail and windstorms that swept across parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on June 12 caused more than $45 million in insured damage, according to the preliminary estimate by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ)*.

The storms brought wind gusting as strong as 116 kilometres per hour, with hail up to 6 centimetres in diameter reported throughout Medicine Hat and surrounding areas. The storm also knocked down and damaged many trees in the area. As many as 4,000 people lost power. Similar to Alberta, Saskatchewan experienced up to 6-centimetre diameter hail, powerful winds and heavy rain. The most significant damage occurred across southern Saskatchewan, in an area from Fox Valley, near the Alberta border, to Carlyle and Storthoaks in the province's far southeast.  Claims were also reported in Manitoba, south of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, around Lafleche and Assiniboia, and extending eastward to Crane Valley, Ogema, Radville and Pangman. 

The majority of claims reported were the result of hail damage to vehicles, residences and commercial buildings.

"We have seen firsthand that, year after year, severe weather events continue to take their toll on Canadians and communities right across the country," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. "In 2014, weather-related damage in the Prairies alone resulted in more than half a billion dollars in insured losses. The insurance industry continues to speak to all levels of government about the need to continue investing in infrastructure to make communities more resilient to increasingly frequent and severe weather events."

Insurers continue to provide individual consumers with advice and counsel them on the need to better understand their risks and take action to reduce their vulnerability to property damage. Before storms hit, consumers should proactively contact their insurance representatives for information about their policies and what types of coverage are best suited to their individual circumstances. For more information about home, car or business insurance, phone IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC (1‑844‑227‑5422) or visit


* CatIQ compiles and combines comprehensive insured loss amounts and related information to serve the risk management needs of the insurance and reinsurance industries.

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