Canvey Island residents are being encouraged to get along to a drop in session today which could help them secure affordable flood insurance.
On Monday 6 February, a team from insurers ‘Flood Re’ team will be hosting the event at Canvey Town Council offices from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Flood Re is a unique scheme, backed by the Government and the insurance industry, which was set up in April 2016 to increase the availability of affordable home insurance premiums and excess levels for householders in flood risk areas.
Rebecca Harris, MP for Castle Point, commented: “When Flood Re first visited Castle Point, we had a lot of residents attend but I know there are many more still out there who don’t know how much Flood Re could help them with cheaper home insurance. I would encourage everyone to attend the public drop-in or visit the website and spread the word.”
Andrew Creedon, Head of Client Relationships at Flood Re, said: “It’s important to us that local people understand how the scheme can help them more easily access affordable flood insurance, which is why we’re organising these drop-in sessions in flood-affected areas. People should speak to their current insurer to see if it has signed up to Flood Re and be prepared to shop around to ensure they are able to get the best possible deal.”
Councillor Simon Walsh, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, commented: “The drop-in session is aimed at residents that are looking to find affordable flood cover for their homes and residents will have the opportunity to speak to the Flood Re team to see how the scheme can help them. What Flood Re can offer as a provision is a useful addition to the wider partnership work going on to improve flood prevention on Canvey.”
Castle Point councillor Ray Howard welcomes the opportunity for local people – particularly those who have been affected by flooding in the past – to find out about this new scheme. “If it helps people to gain peace of mind that their property and contents will be adequately covered in the event of flooding it has to be a good thing, and I would urge them to go along to this event,” he said.
Essex County Council (ECC) Flood Management officers will also be present to discuss Property Level Protection (PLP), as well as offer advice on what residents can actively do to further protect their home from flooding.