Britons fearful of flooding yet unprepared
by Gill Montia
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Zurich has been examining the extent of public awareness over flood risk.
In a recent survey of UK homeowners, the insurer found that 65% of people questioned did not feel prepared in the event of a flood occurring in their area.
Forty-four per cent of respondents were not aware of what flood cover is provided in their insurance policies, while 40% did not know how to find information about the risk of flooding in their area.
At the same time, 62% of respondents felt that the risk of flooding in the UK was increasing as a result of climate change, and 25% said they had been more worried about flooding since the events of summer 2007.
According to Zurich property claims director, Anna Fleming, the floods of 2007 and in Morpeth in 2008 were due to a high level of rainfall occurring in just one day.
She believes that the increasingly unpredictable nature of weather in the UK means there is an urgent need for all homes and businesses to prepare for flood risk, regardless of their location.
To help people keep up to speed, Zurich has launched a website designed to provide essential flood advice for homeowners.
The site provides live links to weather reports and flood warnings across the country, plus advice on how to minimise the damage caused by flooding and wind storms.