Flood damage bill ‘could top £1bn’

July 1, 2007

The cost of recent flood damage is expected to top £1 billion, insurers have said.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) estimated that 27,000 homes and 5,000 businesses have been affected by the torrential rains that hit the UK earlier this week.

And the body warned that the overall cost of the damage could rise further, with more bad weather anticipated over the weekend.

The scale of the flooding led to a number of insurers putting into place crisis action plans to meet demand from stricken households.

Channel 4 – News – Flood damage bill ‘could top £1bn’

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Britain hit by flood chaos

June 26, 2007

More flooding has wrecked havoc on some parts of Britain following severe storms.

Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Shropshire were worst hit, as many people were trapped in their homes and cars because of the extreme weather conditions.

One ambulance crew in Worcestershire was unable to reach a man stranded in his home after finding that a bridge had been completely submerged.

However, the crew were able to reach a second man who had suffered lacerations to his feet while wading through floodwater after a brook burst its banks.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said its crews had reported floodwaters rising to the height of car doors, forcing paramedics to reduce driving speeds for safety reasons.

Meanwhile, a clear-up operation was also under way in parts of Kent after a band of heavy rain prompted more than 300 flooding-related calls.

ITV News – Britain hit by flood chaos