ICNZ issues flood warning for Bay of Plenty

by Mina Martin 13 Apr 2017

ICNZ issues flood warning for Bay of Plenty

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) is urging residents to be on alert for flooding, as up to 30mm of rain is expected to hit the Bay of Plenty in the coming days.

“We want to help communities to reduce the risks they face,” said ICNZ chief executive Tim Grafton. “If you can, get as much of your home contents out of harm’s way, secure heavy outdoor objects and park vehicles in garages if possible.”

To prepare for the flood, the industry body is urging locals to:
  • Move valuables to higher ground, including electrical equipment if possible;
  • Secure outdoor possessions; and
  • Prepare emergency equipment, such as a portable radio, torch, and mobile; and
  • Keep your insurer’s contact numbers on hand.

The ICNZ boss also reminded residents to prioritise health and safety as they take stock of the damages after the flood.

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“Taking photographic evidence of the flooding and damage to your property will help with your claims assessment and if you need to move damaged or contaminated goods from your house for health and safety reasons,” he said.

Meanwhile, BOP residents whose homes are uninhabitable due to the floods are urged to directly contact their insurer to help them with temporary accommodation.

ICNZ said most home and contents policies provide cover for temporary accommodation, as well as reasonable costs of emergency evacuation.

The industry body will get a clearer picture of the extent of insured damages after several weeks.


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