Tornado in Mont-Laurier - Damages estimated at more than $6 million

    MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - According to an Insurance Bureau of
Canada survey, insurers expect to pay out more than $6 million to clients for
repairs to homes, cars and businesses damaged during the force F2 tornado
which tore through the town of Mont-Laurier, Quebec, on August 4, 2009.

    Nearly 250 claims

    Despite the storm's short duration, the force of the winds - between 180
to 250 km/h - caused extensive damage:

    - Insurers reported 146 claims for damage to homes and personal property,
      totalling close to $4 million
    - 88 automobile insurance claims were made, with damages estimated at
    - Lastly, damage to businesses and companies in the area is estimated at
      around $2 million (about 15 claim files).

    Insurers and repair workers in high demand

    Despite the abnormally high claims volume in the region, insurers reacted
quickly, dispatching emergency teams to facilitate and process claims as
quickly as possible and prioritizing files that required immediate action. The
insurers consulted reported no problems and most files have been or are in the
process of being settled.

    Avoid unpleasant surprises

    IBC would like to remind you that, contrary to popular belief, it is
possible to protect yourself against many of Mother Nature's whims.

    - Hail and windstorms, including tornadoes: damage caused by hail and
      strong winds is covered by all home insurance policies.
    - Water leakage and sewer back-up and overflow: damage is normally
      covered by a rider attached to your home insurance policy.
    - Outdoor pools, spas and saunas: a rider to the home insurance policy is
      required to protect this equipment against damage, including from wind,
      hail and lightning.

    Be well-informed to be well-insured

    Several options are available to you when the time comes to insure your
home and car. To find out more and determine the protection you need, contact
your insurance professional or the Insurance Information Centre at
514-288-4321 or 1-877-288-4321, or visit

    About the Insurance Bureau of Canada

    The Insurance Bureau of Canada is a national association that brings
together the majority of general insurance companies in the country. It offers
various services to consumers in order to inform and assist them when
purchasing car or home insurance or making a claim.

For further information:

For further information: Alexandre Royer, Public Affairs Advisor, (514)
288-1563 ext. 232, Cell phone: (514) 953-0828

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