Floods claim fourth life and leave worst insurance bills for five years

November 28, 2012UNITED KINGDOMFlooding in Britain has claimed a fourth life and brought misery to hundreds more homes, as torrential rain moves away into the North Sea leaving the worst insurance bills for five years in its wake. Firefighters in the devastated centre of St Asaph, the small but historic north Wales community which was given city status by the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee, recovered the body of an elderly woman from her flooded house, one of 500 local properties damaged or evacuated. The tragedy follows drownings in the West Country earlier in three days of downpours and floods which have seen the number of damaged houses top the 1100 mark. Emergency teams remain on duty at Malton and Norton in North Yorkshire, where six pumps are keeping the river Derwent at bay, and in York where the river Ouse is expected to peak on the morning of Wednesday 28 November. The historic city is used to flooding in streets beside the river, which bisects the walled core, but a complex defence system involving the smaller river Foss holds all but exceptionally high water at bay. Extra sandbags were deployed by the York Flood Group, an emergency command structure convened when the Ouse rises by over four metres for more than a day. The Environment Agency repeated warnings elsewhere that the break-up of solid downpours into fragmented showers did not mean that the threat of flooding was over. On Tuesday there were 181 flood warnings and 216 flood alerts covering the whole of England, with the highest total (111) in the Midlands and the smallest (6) in the usually damp north west which this time lay just to the north of the path of the wet fronts. Rising levels in the river Severn and the Thames from Oxford downstream have emergency teams on standby. John Curtin, Environment Agency head of incident management said: “Further flooding is expected in the next few days and communities across the country, particularly in north east England, north Wales and Northamptonshire, are urged to remain especially vigilant.” The heaviest insurance bill since 2007 has been estimated by the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which suggests that damage from flooding so far this year is likely to reach £1bn, compared with losses of £3bn in 2007 when successive severe floods across England and Wales forced thousands of people from their homes. Mohammad Khan, insurance partner at PwC, said the period from April to June was the wettest since records began and insurance losses from the flooding were then estimated at £500m. Using summer flood damage as a proxy to the recent flooding across the UK, he estimates the total cost this year to now add up to around £1bn. Since the 2007 floods, the Environment Agency has become more active and more people have signed up to its text message alerts, meaning they are better prepared when the worst weather hits. –Telegraph
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10 Responses to Floods claim fourth life and leave worst insurance bills for five years

  1. tellthetruth1 says:

    I’ve been horrified by the news this morning. It beggars belief. Mind if I circulate this page, Alvin?

  2. Moco says:

    AN interesting point is no mention of past flooding. This is enuff for great concern.
    New crisis events, are never welcome.

  3. archie1954 says:

    The first thing that comes to mind is where were this elderly woman’s caring realtives? Was she all alone in the world? After that, where were her sprightlier neighbours? Where were the authorities, the caregivers, the seniour citizen advocates? Where were they?

    • Irene C says:

      Unfortunately, so many people forget about the senior citizens who are not able to help themselves. It seems like seniors become an unnecessary burden on society, regardless of their former contributions to society. Many of the younger generation become selfish and more concerned with their own lives. We have also forgotten the lessons that our seniors can teach us.

      My prayers are for all who are affected by this flood.

    • tellthetruth1 says:

      Sadly, this is a reflection of much of this country, Archie. It doesn’t often make the news, but it’s the same everywhere. If she had no family, it’s all too easy to just let a person go. I know it’s shameful.

  4. I’m glad it is/was not as bad as it could have been. I am a little confused, though, from the report, what is “exceptionally high” water? Didn’t these floods count?
    It seems that, as the flood patterns are so well known and prepared for, that there would not be any homes in the flood areas. But then, here, in the south east coastal USA, it seems that after every hurricane people rush to rebuild houses on coastal sand or even tiny, small islands that are only temporary and little sand spits that they know will overwash in a storm. Not only is this construction wasteful, but the post storm wrecks leave things, like boards with nails, buried in the sand. Unseen hazards to bare feet, at the least.

  5. James says:

    I do not know if this flooding at this severity is a first for that place. It looks like it is. So many “firsts” occurring nowadays. In 2009 our city experienced its first 2-meter high flood brought by a tropical storm. It was twice as high in some areas of the city. Hundreds died. A first in my 40 years of living there.

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