Calgary

Claim deadline for massive Calgary hailstorm in 2012 nears

A massive hail storm hit Calgary a year ago and people who haven't submitted insurance claims may be running out of time.
Albertans affected by a massive hailstorm last year may be running out of time to make an insurance claim. 1:40

A massive hail storm hit Calgary a year ago and people who haven't submitted insurance claims may be running out of time.

Hail the size of golf balls pelted Calgary in mid-August last year. (Courtesy of Remington Clarke)

The hail came down hard and fast on Aug. 12, 2012, leaving a trail of destruction worth at least $550 million in insurance claims so far.

Myles Macdonald with A & M Roofing and Exteriors says he thinks some people may not even realize their homes were damaged.

"A lot of the times people don't really know they have it until somebody actually goes up on the roof [and] inspects it. Because the thing with a lot of people is they look up at their ceiling and go 'Well, it's not leaking,'" he said.

Bill Adams, a spokesman with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, said the storm caused a lot of damage.

"I don't know of any other hail event where we've seen the level of damage — the level of claims — that this one has brought. And it's because of the nature of where hail damage occurs in this province. It's in a very populated, very developed area."

Some insurance companies have longer deadlines, he said.

"A year is one of those milestones that many companies have, but others can be up to two years in length," he said.

Many companies will still allow claims within a few days of the deadline, he added.

"If someone calls them tomorrow, I'd be quite surprised if an insurer decides that they're going to deny the claim because they're one day late."