Categories for Flood Insurance

5,000 On Standby For Insurers’ Winter Flooding Response

November 2, 2015 10:53 am

Insurers have a small army of people ready to go into immediate action in the event of any flooding this winter, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) announced today. Ahead of the anniversary of last winter’s severe floods, which began on December 4th, the ABI is reassuring people that insurers have thousands of staff on standby to deal with severe flooding this year. This  staff includes : 2,750 people to handle calls about claims and 2,250 people available to send in on the ground to support customers, assess damage and initiate repairs. Insurers have immediate access to tens of thousands...

Elderly Woman’s House Insurance Triples Overnight Due To New Flood-Risk Map

October 5, 2015 10:49 am

House insurance quotes have sky-rocketed in certain Northampton postcodes following the release of a flood risk map by the Environment Agency. The ‘Risk of Flooding from Surface Water’ map was compiled up to six years ago but has recently been released, the Environment Agency says, so homeowners can take action but also for insurance companies’ perusal. One victim of the data release is the aunt of former teacher Pas Renda, who lives in Spinney Hill Road and has seen her insurance with Home Policy rise from £136 on Saturday to £450 on Sunday. Neighbours in her postcode area are also...

Insurers accuse Miliband of raising false hopes for UK flood victims

September 21, 2014 3:18 pm

A furious insurance industry branded Ed Miliband as irresponsible and accused him of raising false hopes when he suggested that insured victims of the floods should receive payments within weeks.   Insurers also challenged claims by the Labour leader’s office that Miliband had recently met senior executives in the insurance industry, saying they had been seeking a meeting with him for some days.   An Association of British Industry source said Miliband was “sending out the worst possible message” to people who had to come to terms with the impact of the recent floods. “Making claims in these situations can...

Owen Paterson has failed to factor climate change into flood insurance

August 21, 2014 3:17 pm

Homeowners’ deal doesn’t take into account the increasing risk from rising sea and shifts in rainfall due to climate change   With insurers receiving thousands of claims for flood damage caused to homes over the past few weeks, there are worrying signs that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is failing, under the stewardship of its Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, to take account properly of the implications of climate change for a new flood insurance scheme.   Much of the recent flooding has been triggered by heavy rainfall, with last month being the sixth wettest December in...

Original figures included partnership funding from local authorities of £148m

June 21, 2014 3:14 pm

The government has come under fire after floods minister Dan Rogerson admitted “some minor inconsistencies” in figures on flood defence spending, adding that they have now been “rectified”, the BBC reports.    The government had claimed that the coalition was spending a record amount of money on flood defences, but the amount will only reach that level if partnership funding from local councils is included in the total.    Rogerson said in a statement: “Floods funding is complex, with a number of different income streams including government funding, local levies, and other contributions towards schemes.    “Further analysis has identified...

December was windiest in 20 years

April 21, 2014 3:09 pm

Nearly 2,000 buildings have been flooded since storms began on 23 December, according to government figures.  About 1,700 properties have been flooded in England so far, with a further 140 in Wales.  About 750,000 properties were left without an electricity supply, with 10% waiting more than a day for power to be restored.    According to the Met Office, December 2013 was the windiest month since January 1993, and the sixth wettest December on record.  Environment secretary Owen Paterson said more than 220,000 properties were protected from flooding over the Christmas period, in addition to more than 800,000 protected from...

Fighting flood risk together

December 21, 2013 2:57 pm

Flooding is the main natural risk facing the UK, and it is predicted that climate change will lead to an increase in the frequency and severity of major floods in the future. Climate change is not the only factor. Land use patterns are changing and urbanisation is increasing the percentage of the country which is covered in impermeable concrete and tarmac. As this disruption to the natural water cycle gathers pace, it is no surprise to see an increase in groundwater and surface water flooding, often in areas nowhere near a river or coastline. Of the 5.2 million homes in...