Thursday 21 September 2017

New government must have courage to stand up for homeowners facing flood-damage risk

Flooding in Athlone, one of the areas badly hit in the winter storms. There are now homes in many parts of Ireland that are going to be flooded so often that there is no way an insurance company can ever cover them. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Flooding in Athlone, one of the areas badly hit in the winter storms. There are now homes in many parts of Ireland that are going to be flooded so often that there is no way an insurance company can ever cover them. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Brendan Nevin

The floods have receded and the daffodils are up. They are yesterday's photo-op for our politicians and you are unlikely to hear about the floods from them again until next winter. The affected homeowners are left with a mop in one hand and a huge repair bill in the other.

New data from AA Home Insurance shows last winter's floods affected more than 700 homes. The average cost of damages is €27,000. The total value of home insurance claims is about €20m. That's just for domestic claims.

Businesses lost another €30m and the damage to infrastructure will be more expensive again.

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