Two years after Fort McMurray blaze, hundreds of insurance claims unresolved
The devastated area of Timberlea in Fort McMurray Alta, on Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Jason Franson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:49PM EDT
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Some 900 insurance claims remain unresolved two years after a wildfire dubbed "The Beast" tore through the city of Fort McMurray and the surrounding area.
The ferocious fire in May 2016 consumed 10 per cent of the buildings in the northeastern Alberta city and forced 88,000 people from their homes for at least a month.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada says 97 per cent of claims have been settled.
It says 85 per cent of those that remain unresolved have been granted extensions by insurance companies.
There's a two-year deadline for property claims to be settled, but insurers have been granting extensions on a case-by-case basis.
The total payout to policyholders is expected to be $3.7 billion, making the Fort McMurray wildfire the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.