Thursday 15 November 2018

One in four homes damaged by weather in past two years

Resting place: An old abandoned boat which is now a perch for local birds on the Owenacurra river in Midleton, Co Cork, in the early autumn sunshine. Photo: Cathal Noonan
Resting place: An old abandoned boat which is now a perch for local birds on the Owenacurra river in Midleton, Co Cork, in the early autumn sunshine. Photo: Cathal Noonan
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Almost a quarter of Irish homes have experienced weather damage in the past two years.

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia, which struck Ireland in October 2017, caused the most damage with approximately one third of respondents to an AA Home Insurance survey reporting their property had been damaged as a result.

Meanwhile, 27pc of respondents said Storm Emma and the record snowfall in late February and early March of this year caused damage to their homes. Just over 16pc of those surveyed said last month's Storm Ali damaged their properties.

More than 4,000 people took part in the survey, with 23pc saying their property had sustained some level of weather-inflicted damage in the past two years.

Almost a fifth said the damage had been minor. However, 3.75pc said the damage was of a more serious nature.

AA spokesman Conor Faughnan said: "Unsurprisingly Ex-Hurricane Ophelia was the leading cause of weather-induced damage to properties ... and I think we're all crossing our fingers that we won't see anything of that level again anytime soon.

"However, Storm Ali, which was relatively minor in comparison to both Ophelia and Emma, still caused a significant level of property damage."

Irish Independent

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