Damage claims pour into the insurers
Norwegian insurance companies have received hundreds of reports of water damage after the heavy rainfall in southern and eastern Norway on Friday and Saturday.
If Insurance has already received 90 damage claims this morning.
– It’s about indoor water damages and five or six cars that have been under water. Most of the damages have occurred in the centre of Kristiansand and west of the city, but we have also received damage claims from other places in the Agder counties and Telemark, Vestfold, Buskerud, Akershus and Oslo, says information Manager in If Insurance, Sigmund Clementz to NTB.
He believes that they will receive more damage claims during the next few days and that it is therefore too early to say anything about the total amount.
Hundreds of damages
Gjensidige reports Saturday afternoon about an immense amount of inquiries.
– There are hundreds of damages. It is mainly talk of cellars that have been flooded by water, says Communications Manager in Gjensidige, Bjarne Rysstad to NTB.
He expects that they will receive many more insurance claims in the days ahead. Rysstad estimates that the payments for each claim will be between NOK 50,000 and 100,000.
In deep water
Frende Forsikring has also received many insurance claims.
– Already at midday on Saturday we have received 50 notifications, and we assume that there will be a lot more through the weekend and on Monday, says Claims Manager in Frende, Yngve Amundsen Høvig.
Houses, gardens and cars have been affected by the water masses.
– The most typical damages are water in the basement, backlashes from drains and damage to the garden and outdoor areas due to flood and overwater. We have also been notified of several cars in relatively deep waters. There are quite a few that have discovered that their roof is not completely waterproof, he says.
More than 150 millimetres of precipitation
The severe weather resulted in 78.6 millimetres of rainfall on Lista in Vest-Agder. Dovland in Aust-Agder received 130.2 millimetres, followed by Senumstad in the same county where 110.8 millimetres of rain was recorded, according to measurements made by the Meteorological Institute on Saturday morning.
In many places, owners with private weather stations report rainfall of up to 152 millimetres, locally, writes VG.
During the night the low pressure moved north-east. It moved faster than on Friday night, which resulted in less rainfall than in southern Norway.
On Saturday afternoon, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute stated that there were periods of precipitation in southern Norway, locally quite a lot, but that there were also long periods of sunshine, especially in the coastal areas.
See a private video from Kristiansand here.
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