The Insurance Council has today issued a list of recommendations to assist flooded homeowners. The Insurance Council has received reports of some areas being subject to sewage contaminated water. It recommends that persons report any concerns about contaminated water to their local authority immediately. There have been media reports of looting, and while isolated, the Insurance Council recommends that homeowners keep their houses as secure as possible in the circumstances.
The Insurance Council recommends that any landslips be reported not only to their insurers, but also to the Earthquake Commission. The Insurance Council representatives are now working throughout all affected areas of the country, and while they are prioritising some areas, are making sure that all claims receive as swift attention as possible. The Insurance Council’s current estimates of insurance costs for the flood still stand at $100,000,000. However, insurers are now gaining access to some areas which have been inaccessible and finding severe damage, particularly water damage, to many communities and homes around the lower half of the North Island. Know more: Tax Depreciation Schedules Australia
The Insurance Council expresses its sympathy to all New Zealanders, whether insured or not, for the devastation and disruption to their lives and homes over the past few days. Insurance Council members will endeavour at all times to alleviate these people’s discomfort, and rebuild communities and homes. Chris Ryan says the amount of damage from the flood is greater than first thought and with insurance loss assessors going into the regions, real devastation is being found under the waters. Insurers are still receiving large numbers of claims from around the country and many of the most badly affected regions have many people who have not claimed yet.
Property owners and local authorities are being encouraged to ensure that drainage systems are not blocked, as further rain could create further flooding. Several bridges have been washed out and others are still under threat from fast water laden with logs. Trees knocking power lines down have created power cuts throughout the country, and the Insurance Council is encouraging people to check their freezers to ensure that goods have not spoiled. The Insurance Council says on average 25% of Kiwi homes are not insured,” However in some smaller communities non-insured homes may be as high as 40%.