Residents of Cornwall that have been affected by recent flooding may find they have to make a claim on their home insurance building policy.
Some areas of the county have seen water rising to four feet as a result of heavy rain and strong winds, the Guardian reports.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has recommended victims contact their provider to cover the cost of alternative accommodation where necessary and to arrange the repair of any damage sustained.
Gas, electricity and water supplies should be switched off where possible and consumers should check they are safe to use before turning them back on again.
Nick Starling, director of general insurance at the ABI, said: “Unwelcome events like this highlight why insurance is so important.”
Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a flash warning of severe or extreme weather in the south-west of England and has recommended people living in the area be prepared for some 30-50 mm of rainfall before 13:00 GMT today (November 17th).
Posted by Penelope Fitzgerald