Insurance Bureau of Canada urges residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to check their insurance coverage following tropical storm

    HALIFAX, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Canada's home, car and business insurers urge
Newfoundland residents to contact their insurance representatives and to
protect themselves and their homes against further losses in the wake of
tropical storm Chantal.
    Don Forgeron, Vice-President, Atlantic, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)
stated, "Homeowners should minimize their losses and the amount of damage
caused by floods. If possible, homeowners should move all valuable items
located in their basements to higher ground to prevent further water damage."
    Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reminds consumers that while windstorm
damage is covered by insurance, overland flooding is not. However, some damage
from flooding may be the result of sewer back-up. Forgeron noted that coverage
for this type of damage is available as an add-on to a homeowner's policy.
    "Also, damage to vehicles resulting from flooding is generally covered by
the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy," explained Forgeron.
Residents should contact their insurance representatives to determine the
extent to which they are covered.
    For any questions or concerns pertaining to home, car or business
insurance, please contact IBC Consumer Information at (800) 565-7189.

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national trade association of the
private property and casualty insurance industry. It represents more than 90%
of the non-government home, car and business insurance in Canada. To view news
releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's website at

For further information:

For further information: James Geuzebroek, (416) 362-2031

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