Saturday 26 September 2020

Storm Ciara damage bill could reach €150m, but Dennis lies in wait

Photo: N van der Pas

The damage to homes and cars caused by storm Ciara over the weekend could go up to around €150m, insurers estimated on Tuesday.

More reports of damage will be coming in over the next few days, the association of insurers Verbond van Verzekeraars said, while the continuing stormy conditions will also influence the final tally.

Insurers had been prepared for reports of damage from all parts of the country, and that is what has happened, association director Richard Weurding said.

‘But Ciara has done less damage than the January storm of 2018 which cost €450m. This storm was less fierce, and thanks to the warnings of government services and insurers, people were well prepared,’ Weurding said.

Dutch homeowners are usually sufficiently insured for damage caused by storms, the association said, although drivers with a minimal WA insurance – around a third of all car owners – will have to foot the bill themselves.

The Netherlands is set to be hit by a second winter storm, storm Dennis, on Sunday, weather bureau Buienradar said.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.