Fleet Industry Takes £2.5M Hit From Flood-Related Damages

The cost of the damages to the fleet industry related to the British winter floods accounted for about £2.5 million, with a cost of £4,500 per incident, according to incident management company FMG.

The Met Office said that this winter in the United Kingdom was the wettest since 1910, when national records began. Separate records for England and Wales show that this year saw the heaviest rainfall since the records began in 1766. Additionally, provisional numbers reveal that 517.6 millimetres of rain fell in Britain from 1 December until 24 February – when compared to the winter average for rainfall of 330.4 millimetres between 1981 and 2010, 2014 was exceptionally high. South East England also recorded high regional figures, with over double the rainfall anticipated in a normal winter.

Furthermore, the AA has attended 4,382 vehicles affected by the floods since December, with an emergency team specialising in dealing with floods supporting the regular AA patrol force. The squad receives special 4x4 and flood rescue training, and are equipped with modified Land Rovers. In addition to the AA team, the RAC deployed its SOS 4x4 squad in the worst flood-affected areas; its team attended 553 fleet vehicles that were "ditched or bogged" since the new year began, the RAC told Fleet News.

As the waters begin to subside, the scale of the damage has necessitated roadside rescue teams to offer clearer advice for driving in adverse weather conditions, said Simon Williams, a RAC spokesman.