2 Aug 2016

Insurance claims top $30m for West Coast storm

1:35 pm on 2 August 2016

New Zealand insurers have revealed a $30 million bill for dramatic floods that swept through Franz Josef in March and lashed other regions.

The Waiho River bursts its banks and runs through the Mueller Hotel in Franz Josef

The Waiho River bursts its banks and runs through the Mueller Hotel in Franz Josef Photo: RNZ / Conan Young

The March storm caused the Waiho River to burst its banks and pour through the Mueller Hotel in the town.

Around 350mm fell in a 24-hour period, and forced the evacuation of almost 200 people.

Elsewhere in the country, strong winds brought down trees and power cables.

The Insurance Council said the damage showed large losses weren't limited to built up urban areas.

Around $27.5 million worth of claims were related to commercial material damage and business interruption, while house, contents and motor damage made up the balance.

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