Recognizing the extraordinary challenges area residents are facing as a result of the tornado and extreme weather that affected the RM of Alonsa on Friday, Aug.3, Manitoba Public Insurance is taking steps to make the vehicle damage claims reporting process as simple as possible.
Impacted residents are encouraged to call 1-800-665-2410 (toll-free) to report their claim. A dedicated team of adjusters has been established to process total loss claims for affected area residents on a priority basis.
Tow truck companies have also been dispatched to the area to remove damaged vehicles from the water and beach area as part of the environmental clean-up effort. Towing of other non-drivable vehicles from private properties can be arranged when reporting claims to MPI.
MPI vehicle damage estimators are also in the area on Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10 to identify damaged vehicles and prepare initial damage estimates on-site.
Manitoba Public Insurance continues to improve its overall service strategy when dealing with emergency storms in rural Manitoba. A newly launched portable hail response trailer now enables the Corporation to properly estimate customer vehicles anywhere in Manitoba very quickly after a storm. This trailer is currently operating in the Swan River area to handle hail claims reported in the surrounding community over the weekend.
MPI also works with local municipalities in rural Manitoba to establish temporary service locations in rural arenas and parking lots when required. Doing so ensures local service is provided in a timely and convenient manner to the hardest hit rural locations affected by summer storms.