Aviva offers post-flood advice
Edited by Bob Witham.
With homes in Cornwall hit by flash flooding yesterday (17th November), the UK's largest insurer has offered advice on what residential property
owners should do next.
The company said standard buildings and contents policies cover such incidents.
This means providers will pay for builders
to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall and will also meet the cost of alternative accommodation for those forced to leave their houses.
Aviva added that anyone affected by flooding should contact their insurer as soon as possible.
Provided it is not dangerous to access their property, they should also try to lift items out of standing water to prevent further absorption and damage - but under no circumstances should they touch electrical items.
In addition, home owners were reminded to keep up to date with local weather reports in case further rain is forecast.
Aviva director of claims Dominic Clayden said: "As soon as it is safe to do so, our claims teams will start visiting customers' homes and assessing the damage first hand."
Today, the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain in London and south-east England.