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Insurance advice: What to do when your home is flooded

Flooding in Stirchley Credit: ITV News Central

Many homes across the Midlands have been flooded this week due to severe weather.

Here is some insurance advice from the government on what to do when your home is flooded.

Get insurance:

  • Contact the National Flood Forum for advice on how to get insurance and reduce your premium or excess.
  • Contact the British Insurance Brokers' Association to find a broker that specialises in properties that are difficult to insure.
  • Read guidance on getting insurance in high flood risk areas if you can’t get insurance.
Flash floods in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

Get evidence of flood risk:

An insurance company may ask you for an Insurance Related Request Letter if your property is at risk of flooding. The insurer will use the letter to decide if they will insure you and how much it will cost.

You need to contact the Environment Agency to get the letter.

The letter states:

  • If your property is in a flood risk area
  • How likely the area is to flood
  • The protection given by local flood defences
  • If there are any planned flood defences
Flash floods in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

You should get the letter within 20 working days. It is free for individuals and £60 for businesses.

If you have done flood protection work on your property, you or a surveyor can complete a Flood Risk Report to tell insurers or buyers how the work affects the flood risk.

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