Published August 14, 2012 | 10:37 am
Calgary: Heavy rains accompanied by massive hailstorm wreaked havoc in Calgary. Hundreds of home and business owners have already filed insurance claims following Sunday night’s natural fury.
Thousands of additional claims are expected to be processed in the coming days. The storm hammered parts of Calgary with hail stones larger than golf balls, causing millions of dollars worth of damage, could have been much worse if cloud-seeding planes hadn’t attempted to calm it down.There are reports of hail five centimetres wide, larger than the size of the golf ball.
Environment Canada heard reports of damaged siding, and expect to hear more in the morning once people can go and check their vehicles.The storm also produced large amounts of rain and lightning.
Incidents reporting damage to vehicles and houses by storm are continuing to swell on Tuesday.
In July also Edmonton was hit by severe thunderstorms. Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports that the estimated insured damage caused by the recent severe thunderstorm event that hit the Edmonton area in July amounts to more than $100 million.
This is a preliminary estimate reported by Property Claim Services Canada (PCS-Canada), a service that tracks insured losses arising from catastrophic events in Canada. Data collected by PCS-Canada confirm that thousands of claims have been filed for damage to homes, cars and businesses in the wake of the storm.
The storm’s path of destruction made its way through the greater Edmonton area, flooding streets, basements, businesses, automobiles and construction sites. In addition to the flooding, this storm also brought with it strong winds and golf- ball sized hail.