Counting the cost of Saint Jude

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Strong winds have buffeted many parts of the country over the past few days (Photo:Tim Sheerman-Chase)
"Claims are generally in the order of hundreds of pounds, rather than thousands" Simon Douglas, AA
  • | by Kristian Dando

Thousands of people  are coming to terms with damage caused by the St Jude storm which hit Britain over Sunday and Monday.

The AA has reported that about twice as many home insurance claims were made yesterday as there would be on a normal autumn morning.

“Claims are generally in the order of hundreds of pounds, rather than thousands, although some flood claims could be much greater,” said Simon Douglas, director at AA Insurance.

The AA also reported 20% more car insurance claims than usual, including vehicles being hit by flying shed roofs, playground equipment and falling trees. Some drivers have also attempted to claim for water damage after driving through deep water.

In addition, the storm caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled, as well as widespread disruption to the rail and road networks.

The Association of British Insurers has issued advice to people who’ve been affected by the storm.

“Most insurers have 24-hour emergency helpline services to arrange for damage to be inspected and repairs to be carried out as soon as possible,” states the organisation. “Most home insurance policies will cover the cost of alternative accommodation (up to a specified limit) if you need to move out of your home while it is being repaired.

“If necessary, arrange for temporary repairs to be carried out to stop any damage worsening. Keep receipts, as these will be needed for any insurance claim.”