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Insurers helped people hit by floods 'speedily'

The insurance industry said it has helped people hit by floods "speedily and effectively" after a meeting with ministers at Downing Street. Victims have received £14 million in emergency payments so far.

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Insurers warn it will take time to assess flood damage

Insurance companies have warned that it will take some months before flood and weather damage could be properly assessed and repaired.

Representatives from leading firms held a "constructive" meeting with ministers earlier today, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said.

Oliver Letwin (centre) and MP Jo Johnson (centre right) host a meeting with members of the UK Insurance companies. Credit: PA Wire

After the meeting with floods minister Dan Rogerson and the Cabinet Office's Oliver Letwin, ABI director general Otto Thoresen said: "There is some very clear evidence of a strong response, initial response from the industry.

"We have been paying out millions in emergency amounts to people to get them over the immediate problems they face in terms of alternative accommodation and the like. Now we have to go on and deal with things effectively and well."

Mr Thoresen said the industry would continue to hold regular meetings with ministers "as the process of response is delivered through the rest of this year".

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