Wind, Fire And Rain Create Near-Biblical Proportion Disasters And Equal Amount Of Damage
LETHBRIDGE: You know the words to the song crooned by James Taylor, "I've seen fire and
I've seen rain" -- well, as it turns out, we've not only seen fire and rain,
we've seen wind and it came with a hefty price tag.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates damage from the November 27th
storm in Southern Alberta at about $200 million. Thousands of claims have been
filed for damage to homes, cars, and businesses across our region and insurance
will pay for most of it.
The storm, with peak gusts reaching 144-kmph in Claresholm, ranked ten out of
the "top-10" weather stories of the year by Environment Canada, That same
storm is responsible for pushing a grass fire toward Lethbridge from the Blood
Reserve, destroying two homes on the reserve and forcing the evacuation of several homes in the County of Lethbridge.
The wind wasn't the most expensive weather crisis in our country this year - that award goes to the
Slave Lake fire, which topped out at $700-million, making it the second most
expensive disaster in Canadian history.
The Slave Lake fire ranked number-2
among the top weather stories for the year. First place in the weather category
went to the flooding issues in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 3/12/2014 2:02:32 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News -- Fire Photo courtsey of the County of Lethbridge