Insurers Scrutinise Flood-Prone Areas

Monday 26 January 2004

Insurers are taking a closer look at flood-prone areas of New Zealand, as the country suffers an increase in erratic weather patterns.

By The Landlord

The Insurance Council is urging property owners to be more weather-conscious, after rain and high winds caused surface flooding and minor property damage in the lower North Island yesterday.

Chief executive Chris Ryan says owners must be better prepared for unseasonable downpours that may cause flooding, and take precautions such as making sure routine maintenance is carried out on roof guttering and stormwater drains. He says that in the future, failure to keep property in good order could be taken into account when flood-damage claims are lodged.

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