More than 130 communities in Quebec have been hit by flooding.
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Whether or not flood damage is covered in your home insurance policy depends on your policy's coverage options and what caused the flooding in the first place. If your window is broken during a tornado and water enters your home, typically you will be covered. If water damage is the result of a "sudden and accidental discharge of water" such as an extreme heavy downpour, a burst pipe or a backed-up sewer, you are likely covered provided you have this endorsement on your policy (it's optional and you have to request it).
Calgary amazes me. I've visited the city three times in the past 18 months. It is a city whose economic boom has led to a blossoming of culture that has created one of the most vibrant and enjoyable places to visit in North America.
Last month parts of Alberta were struck with a devastating flood. As we watched the horrific images of beloved Canadian cities immersed in water, Canadians felt connected like never before to its thriving midwest.
I arrived in Calgary the day after the flood had devastated most of Calgary's vibrant downtown and surrounding cities.
I read recently that many people experience post-traumatic growth rather than post-traumatic stress after being impacted by traumatic events. I had heard of post-traumatic stress but post-traumatic growth was a new term to me. Apparently research has shown that this growth is not a result of the traumatic event itself, but the struggle of dealing with the realities of the trauma.
Recently, Toronto was slammed with heavy storms and flash floods. Suddenly I had a flashback to my youth.
It was 1996 and our family was living in Manila, The Philippines. My dad, who was out doing mission work in squatter areas every day, still hadn't come home. Hours passed. We didn't have cell phones or even beepers -- no way to communicate. We waited.
With essentially a month of rain descending on parts of Toronto in one hour Monday afternoon, people in the region were hit with an unprecedented deluge, even out-raining 1945's infamous Hurricane Haz...
The benefits of a winter carnival branded with the Stampede name are massive. Given how close the city was to seeing its biggest tourism event wiped out, having a cushion made of the dollars a second $150-million-plus annual festival would bring in may be worth discussion.
Alberta is about to mop up a massive mess. Mother Nature has shown us, in no uncertain terms, who the boss is.
The ferocity of the floods we are facing is mind-boggling. Tens of thousands of people are displaced, countless homes and businesses are damaged, and an infinite number of dreams, plans, and schedules have been washed away. It is devastating.
For the second straight day, residents from First Nations communities in Northern Ontario are being relocated as rising water and extensive flooding continues to threaten those living near James Bay....