X-Ray’s flood focus

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Most of us have seen the images of Aberystwyth as it was battered by huge waves during the recent storms. But it was still a shock, as I walked along the seafront, to see the huge piles of sand that had been dumped on the walkway by a raging sea.  

Lucy Owen on Aberystwyth Seafront

 If you’ve never been flooded, it’s hard to imagine how devastating it must be to see your home being destroyed, while all you can do is stand by and watch. It was heart-breaking to meet viewers near Aberystwyth and hear them relive the events that saw their homes suffer extensive damage.

 

There’s been a lot of talk about insurance for homes that have been hit – rises in premiums, excesses, whether insurance companies will even offer to cover these properties at all. What we’ve discovered on X-Ray are the major discrepancies in cover being offered by different companies.

 

For example, two next-door neighbours with almost identical houses and similar flood damage - one insurance excess goes up slightly and the other rises by a few thousand pounds. We’ll be investigating that tonight, and meeting one flood victim who’ll show us what he’s done to protect his home.

 

All this makes you want to jet off to sunnier climes doesn’t it? Well watch out when you buy a case that claims to be suitable to take on board. Not every so-called cabin case will be allowed on every flight, and some carriers could sting you with charges if you then have to put the bag in the hold. So make sure you check-in with X-Ray first. 


Find out more about both of these stories in the next episode of X-Ray on Monday 3 March at 7.30pm on BBC One Wales.

 

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