In­sur­ance com­pa­nies quib­ble over flood-dam­aged floor­boards

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RES­I­DENTS of Old­court who’s homes were dam­aged by flash flood­ing last Au­gust must wait to see who will shoul­der the cost of cer­tain re­pairs, as in­sur­ance com­pa­nies quib­ble about whether wooden floors are struc­tural or not.

The ten­ants’ own pri­vate in­sur­ance com­pa­nies are of the opin­ion that the floors are struc­tural, so not cov­ered un­der con­tents in­sur­ance.

The in­sur­ance com­pany used by Wick­low County Coun­cil, how­ever, are tak­ing the op­po­site view and claim that be­cause the floors are not nailed down they are not con­sid­ered struc­tural.

‘Can we do some­thing be­fore the end of the year or be­fore Christ­mas,’ said Cllr. John Byrne, adding that he does not be­lieve the sums of money in­volved are vast.

Hous­ing Of­fi­cer Ms. Tri­ona Irv­ing said that it is pro­posed to have res­i­dents af­fected con­tact their in­sur­ance com­pa­nies in the pres­ence of the Clerk of Works, who will speak to them on be­half of the ten­ant.

‘It is the Coun­cil’s be­lief that the floor­ing is not struc­tural,’ she said.

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