The estimated amount comprises insurance claims for flood damage to homes, businesses and motor vehicles, with £1.2m in emergency payout made already

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Aerial image of South Yorkshire flooding (Credit: YouTube/Terry Harris)

Insurance companies are expected to pay out £110m ($142m) in claims for flood damage to victims of the UK’s extreme weather in Yorkshire and the Midlands.

The updated figure was released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), which put the average amount to be paid out for a flooded home at £31,000 ($40,000) and £70,000 ($90,500) for a business.

The representative group also said insurers have made initial emergency payments of more than £1.2 million ($1.55m), with an additional £680,000 ($900,000) spent on temporary accommodation for the worst-hit victims.

ABI assistant director, head of general insurance policy, Mark Shepherd said: “Insurers’ first priority when the floods struck was to help flooded customers recover from the traumatic experience as quickly as possible.

“Making emergency payments, and arranging alternative temporary accommodation where needed, helped many people cope in the immediate aftermath.

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Mark Shepherd, ABI assistant director, head of general insurance policy (Credit: ABI)

Beginning on 8 November, areas of Yorkshire and the Midlands experienced flooding due to an increased level of rainfall over the past months.

Both areas are still under threat according to the UK government’s flood information service — but there are currently no “severe” warnings and the water appears to be receding.

Shepherd added: “Now the floodwaters have receded, the hard work begins. Insurers and loss adjusters are working around the clock to ensure homes and businesses are fully dried out, so that repairs can start as soon as possible, and people can get their lives back together,”


How do the flood damage insurance claims break down?

According to ABI statistics, 4,000 claims have been made against insurance policies for flood damage, with 2,250 relating to homes and businesses, and 1,788 to vehicles.

The organisation expects the total insurance payout of £110m to comprise £58m ($75m) for business property and stock, £45m ($58m) in homes and possessions, and £7.5m ($9.7m) in claims for damaged vehicles.

To show the severity of the damage, it used the average claim across all insured risks of £2,200 ($2,800) under a home insurance policy and £11,500 ($14,900) under a commercial policy as a base for comparison.

By contrast, the average flood claims in Yorkshire and the Midlands stood at £31,000 ($40,000) for a flooded home, rising to £70,000 ($90,500) for a business.


Some complained about conditions that had to be met for flood damage insurance claims

Earlier this month, the BBC featured reports on several victims in South Yorkshire who were frustrated by the conditions they had to fulfil to get their claims paid.

These included not pulling up carpets or getting rid of furniture until a loss adjuster had verified the extent of the damage — for one woman this would have meant leaving a carpet stained with dog faeces, posing a risk to her family’s health.

The ABI had previously urged victims to throw away anything that could pose a health risk, but take photographs or keep samples as proof.