Mass flooding in Cornwall mean more claimsCar and home insurance nightmares loom

19 November 2010

Flash flooding in cornwall will lead to a deluge of home and car insurance claims, warns Which?. One year on from the Cumbria floods, which cost £276 million, the financial and emotional fallout is expected to be significant.

The torrent of rain that fell on Cornwall earlier this week was enough to knock out the rail and road networks, effectively isolating the county from the rest of the country, but the biggest impact is likely to be on homeowners and drivers. Properties were flooded out in St Austell, St Blazey, Lostwithiel and Mevagissey, while the A30 and A38 were closed for several hours. 

Mass insurance claims expected

Homeowners are expected to be surveying their sodden homes this weekend, ahead of lodging buildings and contents insurance claims. Car insurance claims are also expected to flood in as motorists were forced to abandon cars when the streets became rivers.  

Which? insurance expert Dan Moore said: 'It's appalling when something like this happens, but if you are affected it's equally important to ensure you lodge your insurance claim in an efficient way, and not wait too long to do so. The insurance sector will be inundated with claims, so it's best to make sure that you have all the relevant information to hand, and be prepared to wait for a resolution.'

How to lodge an insurance claim

Which? has advice guides on home insurance and motor insurance that can help policyholders lodge an effective claim. There is also advice on how to protect your home from future risks of flood damage.

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