Canada's Costliest Natural Disaster June 2013 Alberta Floods (Invited Presentation)

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014: 9:15 AM
Georgia Ballroom 1 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Bill McMurtry, EC, Calgary, AB, Canada

A major rainfall event from June 19 to June 22, 2013 had an incredible effect on western Canada. This particular weather event created unprecedented modern day flood related impacts to southern Alberta. As flood related costs continue to roll in, it appears that this event will become Canada's costliest natural disaster in history (surpassing the 1998 Eastern Canadian Ice Storm).

The presentation will provide a brief look at the meteorology and identify a few key components that contributed to such a high impact event. Some of the human and economic impacts will be identified. A focus on some of the meteorological lessons learned will also be discussed.