Wet weather sees insurance claims rise

31 August 2004
Insurance claims have soared by up to 500 per cent in parts of England, following the wettest August since 1956 according to experts.

Trevor Latimer, chief operating officer at GAB Robins, the loss adjuster, said his company had handled five times as many claims this month as in August 2003, particularly in the north-east and south-east of England, the Times newspaper reports.

Mr Latimer said the figures were exacerbated because, as well as this August being unseasonably wet, last August was unusually dry.

"Claims are only starting to tail off now," he said.

Steve Roberts, managing director of WeatherNet, said that he had recorded a 450 per cent increase in storm claims this month compared with August last year and that the number of claims was 250 per cent higher than the monthly average.

WeatherNet validates storm claims for insurers by giving them precise information about what weather affected a particular area at a particular time.

Mr Roberts added that lightning damage claims were up by 400 per cent this August, 250 per cent higher than the monthly average.
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