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The 2013 floods in Calgary caused an estimated $1.7 billion in insured losses. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The 2013 Calgary floods were the costliest in Canadian history, with overall damages estimated at $5 billion and insurable damages estimated at $1.7 billion. Massive amounts of rain, unexpected wind patterns, and two weather systems converged to create floods that affected 75,000 people, requiring the largest evacuation order in the city’s history. As flooding began, Canadian insurers scrambled to find policyholders who were in need of assistance and assess their exposures.


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