David Davis MP attended an event in Parliament this week to discuss insurer’s response to flooding. As Haltemprice and Howden is one of the top 100 constituencies at risk of flooding in the UK, RSA Insurance prepared information on the resilience measures supported by the Government’s Repair and Renew grant. The scheme encourages flood defence options such as a new driveway barrier, replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or moving electricity sockets to a safer level.
RSA outlined the steps involved in processing an insurance claim for flooding and what action insurers take to help people when their homes are flooded. They stressed to Mr Davis the importance of helping people get back into their homes as quickly as possible after floodwaters subside.
Mr Davis said:
“The flooding we have seen in the constituency over the past 8 months has been devastating.
The RSA informed me that the Government’s Repair and Renewal scheme offers grants of up to £5000 to help people in at-risk areas protect their homes from future flooding. Some of the options for recovering from flood damage highlighted by RSA were very impressive, particularly a new and faster drying process that heats up homes to 55°C, allowing flood water to be pumped out of the house as water vapour.
These innovative techniques combined with more resilient homes and early warnings from the authorities will help reduce the amount of time people are in temporary accommodation and the damage caused by floods.”
I would encourage anyone concerned about flooding in their home to contact the RSA for more information.”