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Flood warning made by Zurich

Two-thirds of Britons are not prepared for their home being affected by floods, Zurich has found.New research from the home insurance provider shows that 44 per cent would also not know whether or not their insurance policy covers them for extreme weather.Zurich also said that 62 per cent of people feel that they are at increasing risk of their home being flooded, due to climate change.The research follows flooding in Morpeth earlier this year and deluges in central and southern England in June and July 2007.According to the Association of British Insurers, these latter events cost the industry £3 billion in payouts.Anna Fleming, property claims director at Zurich, said: "The key issue with the floods in 2007 and more recently in Morpeth in 2008, is that they were due to unpredictably high levels of rainfall coming down in just one day. "Until now, floods like these were classified as a 'one in a hundred year' event but the increasingly unpredictable nature of the weather that caused both of these floods, means that there is an urgent need for all homes and businesses to prepare for this risk, regardless of the area they live in."

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