Following unsettled weather and the issuing of weather warnings in force for the 21st and 22nd December, the Met Office have issued an upgraded “Amber – Be Aware” alert in respect of “Storm Barbara” valid from 12pm on the 23rd December to 6am on the 24th December, although a yellow warning remains in place thereafter with unsettled weather expected to continue into late evening on Christmas day. Whilst we do hope that the disruption and impact to our clients is minimal, we would like to ensure that we are available to assist during a time when you might need us most.
An emergency out of hours contact will therefore be available from today and during the Christmas break in order to provide guidance and advice in relation to policy cover and the claims process.
If required, please call 07469 851302.
In the meantime, we recommend the following in the event of damage being experienced;
- Check your policy documentation for home/emergency assistance numbers, some insurers will provide assistance with emergency contractors
- Take all steps necessary to prevent further damage – contact a local firm, if you are able, to inspect and effect temporary repairs
- Remove soft furnishings/furniture that can be easily moved from rooms if there is a risk of water ingress. Put buckets in place to catch any water that might enter the property
- Drivers should be wary of road conditions, only travel if necessary and do not attempt to pass through any areas of flooding – the depth of the water can be deceiving and cause irreparable damage to your vehicle
Update – 22/12/16
The Met Office have now amended the current weather warnings with the “Amber – Be Aware” alert in respect of the most damaging winds restricted to areas north of the Great Glen, the warning period is also now restricted to 12pm through to 11.59pm on Friday 23rd December 2016.
A further yellow warning has however been issued extending into Boxing Day meaning the period of unsettled weather is set to continue for an additional day beyond the original warnings issued.
For more information regarding the regions affected please visit; http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/