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It’s an incredibly wet spring in Manitoba, no surprises here, spring is flood season and many areas in the province are affected. Recent flood information from the province indicates that areas around a number of rivers and lakes will be impacted this year due to flood conditions including areas around the Assiniboine, Red, Whitemud, Souris, Swan, Pembina, Icelandic and Fisher rivers and the Lake St. Martin area. Yep, that’s an extensive list, and individuals living in some of these areas may be ordered to evacuate due to excessive flood water.

The news tends to feature stories on evacuations, and of course, sandbagging. Yes, if you’re in the wet zone your home is important, but what can often be forgotten is vehicles. When you think of how much we value our vehicles and how necessary they are to our everyday routine it’s so important to make sure they’re protected in case the water gets too high and causes major damage. No, this doesn’t mean building a super dike or sandbagging around your vehicle!

Here are some simple tips to ensure your vehicle is covered should this year’s flood impact you:

 

  • Get high, stay dry. Move your vehicle to higher ground that has a lower chance of flooding.
  • Is a road on your destination flooded? Stay off! Take an alternate route to avoid damage.
  • If you’ve stored a vehicle, make sure it’s insured and be certain to check that your storage area will be kept dry.
  • If your area is evacuated or you need to move a vehicle, make sure it’s registered to avoid getting tagged with a gigantic fine. If you plan on moving the vehicle and storing it, you can purchase temporary insurance for your short trip.

Take pride in your ride! Flood season is stressful enough, making sure your vehicle is safe from the rising water will no doubt help you breathe a little easier this flood season.

Crossroads Insurance

Reopening to the Public!

Effective Wednesday May 27th, 2020, our offices will once again be opening our doors to the public. We will also continue to perform transactions by phone, email and online.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we would like to ensure that safety measures have been put in to place to protect everyone.

We will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada. To ensure customer and staff safety, we have implemented the following measures:

  • We will be limiting the number of customers permitted in the office at any one time
  • We have markers placed to comply with physical distancing
  • We have installed protective shields on desks between the insurance advisor and customer
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the office
  • The payment terminal will be disinfected in between uses
  • Each station used for a transaction will be disinfected in between customers
  • Further Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing

In an effort to minimize the amount of people in our offices at any one time, we will continue to have some of our staff work remotely.

We will continue to maintain reduced hours as follows: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm.

When visiting one of our locations, please respect social distancing both outside and inside the branch, and follow the directions on all signage.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, please do not attend the office. We will be happy to help you over the phone, by email, or online.

There may be times when our team members are dealing with increased call volumes and walk-in traffic. Please be patient during this time. Please leave a voicemail and one of our Insurance Advisors will return your call as soon as they are available. You can also send your inquires by email, fax, and through our website.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with regular updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Insurance Advisors who are here to help and ready to assist you.

Your Crossroads Insurance Team