It has been almost one month since Eastern Canada was slammed with heavy rains, flooding, and snow. Now it has been revealed that the massive mid-march winter storm caused over $124 million of damage. The news comes from the Insurance Bureau of Canada who reveals that the nasty weather caused all sorts of problems including flooded houses and back up pipes.
The storm in question started on March 14, 2019. Ontario was in the midst of a mid-March warm up and on top of the heavy rains were in the forecast. The combination of the two prompted Environment Canada to issue flood warnings across the province.
That weekend temperatures in the province were set to rise well into the double digits meaning all the snow and ice that had been collecting over the winter melted. Then the rain came. Heavy rains pounded the province. In special weather statements about the rain, Environment Canada warned of localized flooding. All of this became an unfortunate reality.
Ontario wasn't the only province to get slammed by the storm though. The terrible storm tracked East, hitting Quebec with rain and snow as well, before heading even further east to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
In each province, the storm brought heavy rains and caused some major flooding. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the flooding led to $124 million of insured damages in Eastern Canada. That's not including any damage to infrastructure, either, but just the damage to Canadians homes and businesses.
Unfortunately, some provinces were hit harder than others. The hardest hit of all of them was Quebec. There the Insurance Bureau estimates that there was $63 million in damages from the storm in Quebec alone.
Ontarians also took a lot of damage, to the tune of $53 million according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. This makes Ontario the second hardest hit province when the mid-March storm moved through Canada.
Meanwhile, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were both hit by the storm, but the damages incurred were a lot less. In New Brunswick, the Insurance Bureau says there were $1.8 million in damages while in Nova Scotia there were $6.6 million in damages.
While it's unclear how much infrastructure damage was sustained during that storm, but in general the Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates that for every dollar Canadians have to pay for insurance, the government has to pay $3 to cover damages.
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