According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, in Lytton, British Columbia, there is a way to begin recovery almost a year after two people have died and most of the community has been destroyed by a wildfire.
According to a statement by Aaron Sutherland, vice president of the bureau, debris removal has begun on the village’s insured property, raising expectations that Lytton will “return as a prosperous community soon.”
According to Sutherland, insurers are aware of the potential for finding indigenous relics and have endorsed a “respectful, responsible and timely” approach to debris removal.
According to a statement, the wildfire on June 30 last year estimated to have caused more than $ 100 million in insurance losses, and last summer’s fire caused serious damage to the Kiriny Beach and Montelake communities, 77 million. Insurance damage of more than $ dollar has occurred.
According to Sutherland, the pace of recovery in these communities is much faster, debris removal is almost complete, and the reconstruction of insured properties is on track.
He says last year’s wildfire was the second worst insurance loss record, following the 2003 wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes north of Kelowna and Kamloops.
The slow pace of recovery in Lytton is partly due to the additional costs associated with the archaeological work required to find and preserve the indigenous relics, a statement from the Insurance Department said.
Archaeological work is not covered by insurance, and the British Columbia government has funded some of its work on both insured and uninsured assets.
“Canada insurance companies are enthusiastic about rebuilding Lytton’s homes and businesses,” says Sutherland.
The state government is an important partner in initiating the reconstruction process, frustrating to the population and “unlike post-disaster reconstruction efforts in Canadian history.”
“We are now at a stage where frustration can be transformed into the hope that the village of Lytton will prosper again in the very near future,” Sutherland said.