IBC warns residents in New Brunswick to check home insurance policies as floods continue

Published: April 25, 2019

Updated: June 3, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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Residents who have been affected by the spring floods in New Brunswick should contact their home insurance provider if there is property damage. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has issued the warning as floods in the province worsen.

Increased snowmelt in areas of the province caused flood waters to rise. The deluge of snowmelt was predicted last week by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, which estimated a gradual buildup of snowmelt in northwest areas of the province.

Since the initial flood, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization’s River Watch sent out an advisory warning southern areas of the province will continue to see rising water levels over this week. In Fredericton and northern regions, the water levels are stabilizing although flooding will likely remain this week.

“We’ve seen the devastating effects that flooding can have on communities,” said IBC Atlantic vice-president Amanda Dean.

While New Brunswick will be hoping no more rain falls over the weekend. Dean says warming temperatures will continue to create snow melt and heavy rain.

“IBC is emphasizing the need for everyone to be on alert and stay safe. We want to help make sure that New Brunswick residents are ready to deal with the potential damage.”

By checking with insurance companies, customers can know what water damage protection is placed on their home insurance policy. The IBC also urges customers to be aware overland flood insurance is now widely available and should be purchased if a property is located in an at-risk area.