Close to 600 households were forced to evacuate their homes

Around 100 RSA customers could be affected by the flooding in parts of Lincolnshire which has forced almost 600 homeowners to leave their houses, the insurer confirmed today.

Two months’ worth of rain in two hours caused widespread flooding affecting parts of the county, including the village of Wainfleet.

RSA chief claims officer Karl Helgesen said: “We are doing all we can to help the people of Wainfleet get back on their feet as soon as possible. We have teams of staff on hand in the area and our emergency response van is set up in the centre of town. We are happy to assist anyone, whether they need a cup of tea or help with their insurance, whether they are our policyholders or not.”

Crawford said it had received claims in the affected area and it was sending adjusters and lookers to assess the scene and provide guidance. 

“Access is difficult and the authorities are restricting access to the main areas affected. Our early feedback is that properties have been damaged by approximately one metre of flood water,” a statement said. 

“River levels are expected to remain high for the next few days and we will be closely monitoring claim numbers to ensure that we are able to respond promptly to customers. The emergency services appear to be coping well but if the water levels rise then this could result in hundreds of homes flooding,” it added.

Last month the Environment Agency launched a long-term strategy to tackle flooding and coastal change.

Flood Re said it was committed to working with the insurance industry and the UK government to tackle the issue of flooding in England, and ensure that those living in a high flood risk area can access affordable and available cover.