Updated estimates on cost of Storm Desmond - PwC

Published at 10:05 AM on 08 December 2015

Mohammad Khan, general insurance leader at PwC UK, comments on the ongoing impact of Storm Desmond:

"Our current estimate of the damage caused by Storm Desmond is £400m - £500m with the insurance industry paying out between £250m and £325m. This compares to an economic cost of £275m and insurer costs of £175m in the 2009 floods. Clearly these are initial estimates as there is still uncertainty as to the number of properties and businesses affected. If the storm continues, the damage - and therefore the costs - could be significantly worse. Any additional rainfall - even 1cm-2cm - could cause flash flooding in rain affected areas as the ground is already saturated with water. This could compound the damage that has already been caused by Storm DesmondInsurers of affected policyholders have mobilised their claims managers in flood affected areas to try to ensure they can deal with claims and arrange alternative accommodation as quickly as possible where needed. It is now common practice for insurers to get their rapid response claims teams out to flood hit sites following criticism of the industry during the 2007 floods. Affected policyholders should still call their insurers as quickly as possible to ensure that their insurer knows they are affected and inform them before paying for or commencing any emergency repairs."

Domenico Del Re, catastrophe risk management leader at PwC UK, adds:

"Although we have had significant flood and storm events in the UK over the last decade, this is the first time the MET office has attributed these unprecedented levels of rainfall to changes in the climate. This has far reaching impacts on how the insurance industry assesses flood risk on a forward-looking basis. All flood events provide additional data and insight to be used in modelling, and the industry will need to assess if their current models capture any heightened riskFrom April 2016, flood homeowners in flood affected areas will be able to experience more affordable premiums thanks to the launch of the Flood Re scheme which will enable every household insurer to provide flood insurance at an affordable price. The scheme is not available to all - in particular businesses, who are advised to take action and understand their exposure to flood and take remedial actions where possible."

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Notes to editors

Mohammad Khan and Domenico del Re are available for interviews. Please contact Ellie Raven on [email protected] or +44 (0) 207 804 3663

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