Severe hailstorm in Moose Jaw causes more than $71 million in insured damage

EDMONTON, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports a severe storm that swept through Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan during the third week of July has resulted in more than $71 million in insured damage according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ).

On the evening of July 22, a cold front caused severe thunderstorms across the southern parts of Saskatchewan. A particularly severe storm formed over the north end of Moose Jaw, SK and pelted the city with large hail.

"The Prairies experience more hail each year than almost any other part of Canada," said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, 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 before, during and after bad weather strikes."

Most of the more-than-5,000 insurance claims filed from this storm resulted from hail damage. Across Moose Jaw reports of damage to vehicles, windows, houses, and other pieces of property were widespread. However, the northern end of the city was the hardest hit.

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.  

For media releases and more information, visit IBC's Media Centre at www.ibc.ca. Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and @IBC_West or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC's Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

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 www.catiq.com.

If you require more information, IBC spokespeople are available to discuss the details in this media release.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: Andrew McGrath, Manager, Media Relations, Insurance Bureau of Canada, 416-362-2031 ext. 4312, amcgrath@ibc.ca

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