Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Montreal Flooded With Claims After Torrential Summer Downpour

From The Montreal Gazette:

More than 1,000 residents and businesses have filed claims for damages after a torrential rain storm hit Montreal in early August.

The Aug. 2 storm dumped about 30 millimetres of rain in 10 minutes, causing extensive flooding in Anjou and Saint-Leonard, two northeast Montreal boroughs.

The city of Montreal said it has recruited independent disaster experts who will review every claim and determine whether compensation is warranted.

Experts will focus on whether buildings subject to claims conformed with municipal regulations, and whether their sewer pipes were outfitted with security valves to block flooding.

But the Aug. 2 rainstorm was exceptional, said city spokesman Darren Becker.

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