Close to 1,000 insurance adjusters have made the trip up to Fort McMurray to assess the damage in the fire-ravaged community.
And Director of Consumer Relations at the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Pete Karageorgos, says more and more keep coming.
“I was actually at one insurance company earlier, when another plane load of staff arrived,” says Karageorgos. “So, they’re coming in from all over the place to help the residents with their insurance issues.”
Karageorgos adds there will be a wide range of damage claims.
“In some cases, the homes and places that are still standing it may be minor,” explains Karageorgos. “In other places, (there’s) more major damage. So, (residents will be) going to be going in, assessing that (damage), hopefully documenting that, and contacting their insurance representatives to work through their claims process.”
He also says it’s going to take a coordinated effort from all agencies to get life back to normal for the residents.
“The challenge, obviously, for those communities and heavily impacted areas is going to take more coordination,” says Karageorgos. “Not just insurance companies are going to be involved. You’re going to need utilities, and the municipality. But from our perspective, on the insurance side, we’re here to help, and we’re here for the long term.”
Home-owners and tenants will continue to arrive over the next month or so.
Karageorgos says the spirit and resiliency in the city is impressive. (km/Newstalk770)