Hail claims rise: insurers ask for claims by fax or online

Since the last report two weeks ago, the number of crop hail claims has increased significantly in all three Prairie Provinces. Claim numbers are above average in Saskatchewan, somewhat below average for this date in Alberta, and well below normal in Manitoba.
Adjusters report continuing problems in accessing some fields due to wet conditions. When adjusters establish appointments with producers, it’s useful for the adjuster to know whether the roads and fields are too wet for travel.
There can be significant delays when producers send in their claims by regular mail. In some instances adjusters have been gone from an area by the time these claims arrive. All the companies accept claims by fax. Some accept claims online. These methods are preferred.
Over the past two weeks, claims in Alberta have more than doubled to around 1,350. This number represents straight hail claims only and does not include claims filed under crop insurance endorsements.
While still slightly below average, claim numbers are well ahead of the 600 filed by this date in 2009. In the heavy claim year of 2008, 3,450 claims had been filed by this time.
Since the last report, claims have continued to come from the storm on July 12 that hit an area including Standard, Strathmore, Rockyford, Hussar and Langdon. There are also claims from that date from around Vermilion, Dewberry and Clandonald as well as a number of other communities.
July 16 was another significant storm date. Among other areas, Standard and Hussar were hit again.
Hail occurred on many other dates over the past two weeks, affecting producers in a number of different regions. July 25 saw significant storm activity in the Olds-Didsbury area and the Rosalind-Daysland area where golf ball-sized hall was reported.

The number of Saskatchewan claims has reached nearly 5,000. This is up from about 3,200 two weeks ago. Claim numbers are above average for this date and well above the approximately 2,000 claims filed at this time last year. In 2008, a record year for claims, the total at this time was 10,500.
An area around Leader on the west side of the province was hit July 16. The east side of the province was hit on the evening of July 16 and in the early morning of July 17 in areas that included Raymore, Foam Lake, Melville, Churchbridge, Yorkton and Esterhazy.
On July 20, a storm was concentrated in the southeast corner of the province affecting Oungre, Torquay, Estevan and Gainsborough.
Claims are still coming in from a storm July 25 that hit areas on the east side of the province including Humboldt, LeRoy and Naicam as well as Nipawin, Gronlid, Weirdale and Arborfield.
The July 22 storm that flooded the city of North Battleford resulted in relatively few hail claims on crops.

Hail claims in Manitoba total fewer than 700. While this is up by about 300 claims as compared to two weeks ago, claim activity remains well below normal. Last year at this time, there were about 800 claims and in 2008 there were 1,600 claims by this time.
Claims have continued to arrive from the storm July 13 that went from south of Darlingford to south of Roland.
On July 26, there were three separate storms. One was south of Carman in a line from Rosebank to Roland. Another started west of Starbuck and travelled east to La Salle. A third hit just east of Winnipeg in the Tyndall, Oakbank and Dugald areas. A tornado also touched down just outside of Oakbank. Reports indicate golf ball- to hardball-size hail in some locations.

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