Damages from two summer hail storms are estimated at $200 million, according to new data released from the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
According to a release from the bureau, a fast moving hailstorm on July 26 damaged cars and homes in Southern Alberta from Nanton to Cardston.
The second, and larger of the two storms, took place on Aug. 12 when large hail stones, some as large as five to six centimetres in diameter, fell in the Calgary area.
Another July wind and rain storm in the Edmonton area also added to the insured losses, bringing the 2012 total to more than $300 million. The IBC said a storm in November of last year also caused an additional $200 in insured damages.
“$500 million in losses in less than a year is staggering. Alberta has had more than its share of damaging storms this summer,” said Heather Mack, IBC’s Alberta Director of Government Relations in a statement.
Those seeking assistance with insurance and call the IBC’s consumer information centre at 1-800-377-6378.