WEATHER WARNING SUGGESTS FLOODING COULD HIT SCOTLAND
Jan 15 2008
By Richard Mooney
The weather can’t get worse than this….can it?
Apparently it can according to the latest weather warnings from the Met Office and SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency).
The Met office reports that persistent, heavy rain along with strong gale force winds are a likely probability for the country tonight (Tuesday) and potential flooding could cause major disruption tomorrow morning (Wednesday) throughout transport networks.
There’s nothing any of can do to change the weather, but we can prepare for it.
We spoke to Keith Lewis, a spokesperson for Zurich Insurance about what to do in case the worse happens and how to lessen the impact of it on your home.
He said: “Everything is at risk, particularly from a flood. When people get home tonight they should have a look at what they’ve got and where they’ve got it. In your living room you could have your stereo system, TV, home cinema kit and DVD.
“Listen to all the advice on offer from people like the Met Office, the environment agency and any other weather forecasting body to make sure that if you’re out and about that you stay safe. Don’t put yourself, your family, home or vehicles at risk.
“Make sure to move electrics up stairs and to places where they’ll be safer. By doing things like this the effects will be reduced should this worse happen.
“The worse case scenario is that you effectively lose your downstairs; the kitchen, living room and dining room is all under water. It's areas like this that house all your entertainment, electrical and kitchen equipment.”
Building insurance will cover you structural damage and contents insurance will cover anything not attached to that (i.e. suites, TVs, washing machines, cookers).
Weather related claims change from year to year. Last year saw a huge increase in flooding and drainage issues, particularly in Yorkshire where the weather turned disastrous.
For the latest updates on the weather situation you can visit the official Met Office and SEPA websites.
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