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Ontario floods cause $80 million in insured losses

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Flooding in the area of Windsor and Tecumseh in Ontario has caused roughly CA$108 million ($80.6 million) in insured losses, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday.

The bureau said that Windsor and Tecumseh bore the brunt of the flooding and a state of emergency was declared on the evening of Sept. 29. Heavy rain fell over Windsor, Tecumseh, Leamington and Essex County during the night of Sept. 28 and 29, according to published reports.

More than 6,000 home, auto, and business claims were filed with insurers following the flood.

"Flood events are happening across Canada with more frequency and with greater severity," said Kim Donaldson, the bureau’s Toronto-based vice president for Ontario.

"It is important that Canadians understand their insurance policies and that they know what's covered before bad weather strikes."