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One night of Storm Ciarán led to one-third of yearly insurance claims

One night of Storm Ciarán led to one-third of yearly insurance claims

Saturday 23 March 2024

One night of Storm Ciarán led to one-third of yearly insurance claims

Saturday 23 March 2024


The number of insurance claims made overnight due to the damage caused by Storm Ciarán was a third of what local providers expect to see in a year, it has been revealed.

Islands Insurance said they have partnered with a claims management company in the UK to speed up repairs and the process.

Storm Ciarán caused extensive damage to buildings, with roofs torn off and windows blown out by hurricane-strength winds in early November, causing insurance claims to surge

Tim Brangwyn, Managing Director of Islands Insurance, said: "The volume of insurance claims received, following that one night, is equivalent to 33% of what would usually be seen in one year."

The surge placed an "unprecedented demand" on local construction resources and "immense" pressure on contractors, he explained.

Mr Brangwyn said that this situation led to delays in repairs.

WATCH: Incredible drone footage showed the scale of Storm Ciarán devastation in November. (Slingshot Films)

To alleviate this, Islands Insurance has partnered with Avoca Group, a property management firm in the South West of England.

The insurer will work with the Dorchester-based Avoca Claims Management to provide support to local contractors as they repair the damage caused by the storm.

Mr Brangwyn said that this partnership was not about replacing local suppliers, but rather about providing them and islanders with much-needed support.

Nick Illes, Managing Director of Avoca Claims Management, promised to deliver quality workmanship and service and to work with other local contractors and suppliers locally.

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