Heavy rain causes flooding across parts of the UK
UPDATE — 18 June 2019
Wainfleet continues to be impacted by heavy rains and flooding that you can see via our drone footage.
UPDATE — 17 June 2019
Flooded homes evacuated until Friday
More than 580 houses in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
River levels in flood-hit Wainfleet have dropped by 11 cm but two flood warnings remain in place for the area. Forecasters are predicting 40-60 mm of rain on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The PE postcode is particularly badly affected by flood and you can see the impact on the region via our drone footage.
There has been an uplift in claim numbers but all within capacity. We are in constant contact with suppliers around drying out equipment, alternative accommodation, etc. to ensure we can respond promptly to any further spike in claim numbers. Our priority is helping people who are able to access their properties to commence the claims process.
Access is improving but many homeowners will not be able to return to their property until Friday. We expect to have a clearer picture of claim volume as residents return to their properties and submit claims to their insurers. We are prepared for this eventuality.
High-volume pumps are on standby in Wainfleet for more rain. Six of these pumps are operational and six are on standby in case the flood waters rise. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as appropriate. If you require any assistance please contact your Account Manager or indeed myself.
John Humphries, Client Account Director
0141 229 7500
UPDATE — 16 June 2019
Homes evacuated in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
As RAF called in to shore up flood defences, we have mobilised our adjusters and Lookers
Prolonged heavy rainfall in the Lincolnshire area has resulted in the flooding of approximately 100 properties at Wainfleet. Residents of 580 homes in and around Wainfleet have been evacuated for approximately 48 hours.
The RAF was called in on Friday to shore up defences with 270 tonnes of ballast dropped by three helicopters and evacuated residents now face a tense wait to see if the temporary repair will hold. A list of evacuated postcodes is here.
Crawford has received claims in the affected area and has immediately despatched adjusters and Lookers to help people and provide guidance. Our adjusters on the scene are reporting that access is difficult and the authorities are restricting access to the main areas affected. Our early feedback is that properties have been damaged by approximately 1 metre of flood water.
We have despatched drone pilots to Wainfleet to survey the area and as soon as the Emergency Restriction of Flights is lifted by authorities, we will be able to provide further feedback. We are optimistic that we can start drone surveys on Monday 17 June.
River levels are expected to remain high for the next few days and we will be closely monitoring claim numbers to ensure that we are able to respond promptly to customers. The emergency services appear to be coping well but if the water levels rise then this could result in hundreds of homes flooding.
We will issue a further update as the situation becomes clearer and as soon as we can gain access to main area affected by the flood water. If you require any assistance please contact your Account Manager or indeed myself.
John Humphries, Client Account Director
ORIGINAL POST — 12 June 2019
As two months’ of rain falls in just one day, Crawford is experiencing an uptake in both flood and storm claims and with forecasters warning the wet weather is to continue until the end of the week we expect that trend to continue.
Populated areas around CH, CV, HD, LE, LL, LN, ME, NN, NP, PE, SA, SN, TA, TN postcodes are generating the majority of claims currently being received by Crawford.
Claims received relate largely to storm and flood perils. The claim volumes as of today are slightly above normal but well within capacity. We also have the capacity within our managed repair solution, Contractor Connection, to handle emergency repairs.
We continue to monitor the situation as there are weather warnings in place across the UK. Many of the flood warnings are for less densely populated areas so at today’s date we do not anticipate a huge increase in claim volume.
We will issue further updates as the situation develops. If you require any assistance please contact your Account Manager.
April Stowers, Head of Strategic Business Development, UK