EDMONTON, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Alberta is on a flood watch again as
temperatures rise and large amounts of snow begin to melt. Insurance
Bureau of Canada (IBC) offers residents advice to protect their
"The recent quick change to normal and above normal temperatures has
caused rapid snow melt that could result in localized flooding.
Flooding could cause devastating damage if you are not prepared in
advance. Follow our checklist to help protect your property and
valuables from damage. Even small steps like ensuring downspouts are
pointed away from the foundation can make a huge difference," says Bill
Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC.
Here are precautions to take immediately:
Assemble an emergency kit - flashlight and batteries, battery-operated
Move valuable items from your basement to higher levels in your home.
Make sure downspouts extend at least six feet from your basement wall.
Water should drain away from your house and neighbouring homes toward
the street, backyard or back lane.
Clear snow about three to five feet away from the house foundation to
Ask someone to check your property if you are away.
Check sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways to make sure they haven't
settled over time and are causing water to drain toward your house.
Clear your eavestroughs of debris and, if possible, help clear catch
basins near your home.
Keep water out of window sills.
Prepare a detailed home inventory. This will help you and your insurer keep track of your valuables in
the event of a loss.
Talk to your insurance representative to make sure you have appropriate
Sudden and accidental bursting of plumbing pipes and appliances is
covered by all residential policies. However, damage may not be covered
when freezing causes the escape of water.
Water damage in a basement due to a sewer backup is only covered if
specific sewer backup coverage has been purchased.
In certain circumstances, homeowners who are unable to return home due
to insurable damage are entitled to additional living expenses.
Overland flooding resulting in water overflowing onto dry land and
causing damage is not covered in residential properties in Canada.
Residents experiencing surface drainage issues should call 311.
Consumers looking for answers on these issues or requiring assistance
with their insurance questions, please call our Consumer Information
Centre at 1-800-377-6378.
For more information on protecting yourself from severe weather, visit ibc.ca.
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