Cost of flooding in the UK could reach £500 million

Accountancy firm Deloitte told ITV News that if the accumulation of extreme weather claims extends further into February, the insurance industry could be facing a bill of £500m.

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Govt's flood insurance 'won't cover expensive homes'

Insurers have warned that the Government's Flood Re scheme will not cover expensive properties in council tax band H - even though residents will have to pay the levy.

Thousands of under-threat homes in the Thames Valley and Somerset Levels are thought to be affected by the loophole.

A flooded garden as the River Thames has burst its bank and flooded roads and property in Chertsey in Surrey. Credit: PA

Stephen Lark, director at Lark Insurance, said: "The threat to property in the Thames Valley only further underscores a very serious flaw in the Government's flood insurance scheme.

"Thousands of properties will be included in the cost of Flood Re while being banned from the scheme's protection. The Government needs to listen to homeowners and the insurance industry and fix these unworkable proposals."

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Insurance industry 'facing £500m' weather claims bill

Beach huts left damaged in the Devonshire town of Dawlish after high tides and strong winds. Credit: Press Association

The accountancy firm Deloitte has told ITV News that if the accumulation of extreme weather claims extends further into February, the insurance industry could be facing a bill of £500m for the exceptional autumn and winter weather claims.

This would matching the cost of the big freeze of 2010.

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