Insurance Bureau of Canada tips for Manitoba residents dealing with flooding issues

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2014 /CNW/ - With heavy rainfall resulting in basement flooding in Winnipeg and Brandon, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds residents that damage as a result of sewer back-up may be covered by home insurance policies but this coverage must be purchased as an add-on to a home insurance policy. 

Damage caused by overland flooding and ground seepage is not generally covered by home insurance policies in Canada.  Overland flooding usually occurs when bodies of water, such as rivers, dams and other watercourses, overflow onto dry land and cause damage.

IBC offers these tips to prevent further damage:

  • Review your insurance policies – call your insurance professional if you have questions about your coverage.
  • Move valuable items from your basement to higher levels in your home.
  • Clear eaves troughs and downspouts – if safe to do so – to direct water away from your home.
  • Ask someone to check your property if you are away.

"We encourage people to have appropriate plans in place to deal with flooding and water in their basement," said Bill Adams, IBC Vice-President, Western & Pacific. "If residents have questions about their insurance coverage, they should contact their insurance representative. Anyone with questions regarding their home, auto or business insurance can also contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre or visit ibc.ca.  We're here to help."

Call IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-877-772-3777 ext. 222

Further information is available at - http://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/drainageFlooding/default.stm

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SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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