April 30, 2012 19:00 ET

Don't Let Flood Warnings Dampen Your Spirits Says Swinton Home Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2012) - With the met office issuing severe weather alerts for parts of southern England, Scotland, Wales and the West Midlands*, Swinton Insurance, the UK's leading high street retailer of home insurance, is advising people to check their home insurance policies to make sure they are covered for any damage caused by flooding.

The UK has already been hit by almost three inches of rainfall, with heavier downpours still to come in areas such as South-West England, with mid-air tornadoes being spotted in locations such as Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Manchester and East Anglia.**

With forecasters predicting a month's worth of rain over the course of a few days, making this April the wettest on record, Swinton is offering the following advice to homeowners living in flood prone areas, to help minimise the impact of flood damage, should their homes be affected:

  • Keep a list of useful contacts to hand, such as the contact details for your home insurance provider and your policy number

  • Stock up on flood boards and sandbags to block doorways, and protect your home from incoming water

  • Protect soft furnishings my moving items such as rugs out of harm's way, and hanging curtains up and over their rails

  • Move sentimental items such as photos upstairs or onto a high surface, to avoid water damage

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton, said: "Having the correct home insurance can help take the stress out of dealing with the aftermath of flooding should the worst happen, so it is vital that homeowners make sure they are covered. Taking the necessary precautions during severe weather conditions can also lessen the chances of having to pay for costly home repairs later on."

About Swinton

  • With over 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance.


* The Met Office http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/

**The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9225204/Severe-weather-warnings-as-Atlantic-storms-batter-Britain-with-rain-and-wind.html

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