GAB Robins Swings into Action as Storms Batter UK

December 27, 2013

A “Surge” Bulletin from GAB Robins reports that the “Christmas storms have caused widespread storm and flood damage with the worst affected areas so far in the south of the country.”

The bulletin said: “We have already received a large number of both storm and flood claims with our duty adjusters handling some of the most serious cases over the Christmas period. More stormy weather is today affecting Wales, the north east and north west England as well as Yorkshire.”

These conditions are forecast to continue to impact Wales, the north east and north west of England as well as Yorkshire throughout the day.

GAB Robins also noted the following:
- There are currently 43 flood warnings for England and Wales with 13 in place for Scotland.
- There are around 150 flood alerts for England, Wales and Scotland.
- This situation could change as more rain is forecast. We expect the volume of claims for the Christmas storms to exceed those received for the St Jude’s [Christian] storm.

“In view of the volume of claims and extent of damage our surge status remains at RED, with our full Disaster Plan activated,” the report continued. “The main priority has been to visit the most serious cases over the Christmas period and into the coming weekend to enable emergency and restoration works to commence and temporary accommodation to be arranged.”

A number of GAB Robins service centers will remain open throughout the weekend to handle claims. The report said the “main areas affected are provided in the charts alongside, with the highest concentration of claims in Wales, the south east and Greater London.”

It also pointed out that the “Met Office has issued both amber and yellow warnings for today. Another deep area of low pressure from the Atlantic will bring more very windy weather across the UK as it moves north-eastwards, crossing northern Scotland during the second half of Friday.

“To the south of the low pressure center, additional severe gales are likely to cross northwest Wales and much of northern England. The worst of the winds should ease on Friday evening. There is a possibility of further Atlantic storms moving in from Monday onwards.”

Source: GAB Robins

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