09/11/2014 01:31 EDT | Updated 09/11/2014 01:59 EDT

Severe Weather In Alberta Becoming A Trend, Problem: IBC


Calgary city crews are already hard at work, cleaning up and assessing damage caused by this week's nasty summer snowstorm.

And while the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) says it's too early to estimate the cost of the disaster, which caused thousands of trees to fall, they told CBC News severe weather in Alberta has become worrisome.

"Severe weather in Alberta is not an anomaly," Heather Mack with the IBC told CBC News. "It is just the way things are now. And it has become a trend."

Last year, the IBC warned that Albertans are less likely to concern themselves with weather trends caused by climate change than others across Canada, and recommended that Albertans start taking severe weather seriously.

According to a study prepared for the IBC by the Institute of Catastrophic Loss and Reduction, Alberta is on track to see a 10 per cent increase in severe weather events by 2050, including an increase in lightning and flash flooding.

These weather events could result in droughts and shortages of clean water, the report said.

“Alberta has become the place where bad weather pays a visit more often,” Don Forgeron, IBC’s president and chief executive, told the Calgary Herald.

The IBC has compiled a list of the estimated damage caused by Alberta's worst natural catastrophes since 2011:

Alberta's Costliest Disasters Since 2011

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