Canterbury flooding May 2021
The Canterbury region has experienced an unprecedented weather event. Now that the water is receding, you will likely be starting to asses any damage to your property.
If you need to lodge an insurance claim, your BWRS claims team are here to help.
Property Damage / Insurance Claim:
Your number one priority is the safety of you and your family.
For anything URGENT (where your property is uninhabitable or there are safety concerns), please contact your local BWRS office immediately to speak to one of our Claims Specialists or your Broker. The branch contact numbers are located at the bottom of this page.
For NON-URGENT claims, please complete the claim notification below and one of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible to support you through the claims process.
If you have suffered flood damage, follow these steps to help speed up recovery:
Do not do anything that puts your safety at risk or causes more damage to your property
Take photos of damaged property to help speed up the assessments and claims process, and if safe keep damaged items for assessment by your insurer
Don’t enter flood water, and don’t operate cars or electrical appliances that may have been flooded
Get essential services repaired and keep copies of invoices
Make your home safe and sanitary but don’t do non-essential repairs
Always wear protective gear, including gloves and masks, in case you’re exposed to hazardous material
Where to go for information:
Please refer to the NZ Civil Defence agency for updated information:
Environment Canterbury also has up-to-date information for your area:
Southern: (03) 348-9802
Northland/Auckland: (09) 379-3994
Waikato: (07) 849-6881
Bay of Plenty: (07) 577-0007
Hawkes Bay: (06) 845-9089
Manawatu: (06) 357-2072
Click here to access our information document which provides details of what to expect during the claim process, and general advice on insurance cover available for flood claims.