Insurers unable to cover for Quebec flooding

Government is stepping in to provide emergency funds to those affected by the flood

Insurers unable to cover for Quebec flooding

Catastrophe & Flood

By Lyle Adriano

Insurers are unable to cover for the damages residents of Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, have suffered after parts of the province were flooded in last Thursday.

On April 06, 35.8mm of rainfall fell in the area – 10mm more than fell on the same day of floods in 1949.

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With insurers unable to help, the flooding has forced the provincial government to use an emergency fund meant to cover hotel and food bills, as well as some damaged furniture. The fund, however, cannot cover home repairs.

The rain stopped as early as Saturday, allowing contractors to pump the water back into the river.

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“The water in the river really went down, about 20cm, which is great for us. But we still have to be careful,” deputy mayor Armando Melo told CTV.

According to CTV, although floodwaters are receding, the city remains on high alert. Officials are closely monitoring half a dozen rivers in the region, whose water levels have risen to dangerous levels, in preparation for more flooding.

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