Calgary flooding forces evacuations

Kevan Yates swimming out of his submerged truck to rescue his cat. Photo courtesy of Jordan Verlage / CP

I have said before that the time for coverage for overland flooding has arrived.  Now, Southern Alberta is getting absolutely hammered.  Looking at the video from CBC there will be many claims that will be denied.

Calgary flooding forces evacuations, 100,000 may be affected – Calgary – CBC News.

via Calgary flooding forces evacuations, 100,000 may be affected – Calgary – CBC News.


Staying Current with The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose

I’m a very proud member of a 106 year old organization called the Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International.  For those that have never heard of the Blue Goose, we are a fraternal organization born of the insurance industry during a rained-out golf trip to Green Lake, WI, in the summer of 1906.  Since then, it has grown to accept members from all facets of the insurance industry, including insurance underwriters, brokers, adjusters, and vendors to the industry; the only restriction on membership is that you must work in the insurance or insurance-services industry in some capacity.  Many people in our industry don’t really understand the Blue Goose, or are content to misunderstand it, and I think that’s a shame – the Blue Goose serves a fantastic role to the insurance community, and should be celebrated, not derided.

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Synchronicity and Summer Storms

Satellite image over Alberta - 7/23/2012, 17:00 MDT

Satellite image over Alberta – 7/23/2012, 17:00 MDT

As I write this post, I’m hanging up from a conference call with my staff in Edmonton, Alberta.  They were distracted during the call as they watched funnel clouds forming just outside their office windows, and they had just finished telling us that they had told their crews to get off the roads and back in to the office if possible due to a tornado warning.  There was such shock in their voice that one of the other participants asked them if they wanted to discontinue the call and pick it up again. It reminded me of July 24, 2004, when I was driving near where I lived in a small town just outside Edmonton.  The sky turned green – just like I had heard about the F4 tornado that hit Edmonton on July 31, 1987.  A huge twister formed in the sky right above my head; fortunately, it was too large and moving too fast to form.It also got me thinking about a recent report I’d read from Munich Reinsurance stating that catastrophe losses in 2012 were relatively moderate.  This has been news to me, as I’ve spent most of this summer dealing with the after effects of summer storms – two in particular in Thunder Bay and, most recently, in Edmonton, Alberta.  Both of them were interesting in their own rights, and both cities have had a history of similar losses. Continue reading

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