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Weather takes its toll on homes and cars

2013 did not end well for thousands of homeowners and drivers according to the AA Insurance company.

The majority of home claims were for dislodged tiles or slates, broken windows, dislodged aerials and trees or branches brought down by high winds, as well as flooding.

The Christmas storms resulted in more 1,000 car rescues and 130 car claims. Some of the claims included damage from a flying trampoline and a roof box.

The AA says that a disproportionate number of the vehicles rescued were 4x4's, and that many people had ignored 'road closed' warnings.

I’m concerned that so many drivers are reported to have ignored warnings not to drive down flooded roads, even attempting to drive through deep water covering a closed road.

“Many of those our Special Operations patrols – who have been working flat out over the Christmas period – have rescued have been 4x4 drivers under the misapprehension that their vehicle can cope with anything.

“They discover the hard way that ‘off road’ capability doesn’t include flood water.

“Our own statistics show that nearly three-quarters (70%) of cars stranded in flood water are written-off."

– Simon Douglas, Director, AA Insurance