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How to prepare for extreme winter weather

At a glance

  • The winter of 2013/14 saw the UK suffer £1 billion worth of damage due to extreme weather
  • This winter is expected to once again deliver heavy storms and floods
  • Zurich’s severe weather website contains vital information for brokers and their customers

The winter of 2013 was the wettest on record, with over 5,000 households all over the country left flooded and damages totalling over £1 billion. For the insurance industry alone, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) estimated that the total cost would be over £446 million.


From October 2013 to February 2014, Zurich successfully handled 119 flood-related claims and 4,757 storm claims. One of these was for Mrs Samuels, who was forced to evacuate her home after a major storm caused severe flooding in her area.

She was one of many customers that Zurich was able to help return home thanks to dedicated claims service. You can find out how we were able to help Mrs Samuels from our case study below.

The damage to properties made the headlines, and there were widespread effects caused by the winter’s weather. Closed businesses, travel disruptions, abandoned construction projects and blackouts were all common and while lessons have been learned and new flood defences are being built, it’s important to know what to do should the worst happen.

With climatologists calculating that extreme weather events are set to become more common, and with parts of the country still adding up the cost of damage caused by a brief encounter with Hurricane Gonzalez in October, Zurich’s severe weather website is a vital tool for brokers and customers for the winter ahead.

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