16 Jan

'Home insurance essential with floods predicted'

'Home insurance essential with floods predicted'

As home all over the country are facing the possibility of a repeat of the flooding of last summer, Halifax has warned homeowners to ensure they have adequate home insurance cover.

A comprehensive home insurance policy is especially important for those living in areas which were affected by the flooding previously and for the five million people who are living in areas deemed to be at high risk of downpours, according to Halifax's head of underwriting David Rochester.

He added: "The number of homes at risk of flood has trebled in recent years, but there are several simple steps homeowners can take before a flood hits that can go a long way towards minimising water damage.

"Those who are already flooded can also take measures to ensure their property is returned to its normal state with as little disruption as possible."

These include moving items of furniture upstairs, placing sandbags outside doors and windows and switching off the mains supply of water.

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