95 Million euros in storm damage
The storm that raged over The Netherlands on Monday caused at least 95 million euros in damage, announces the association of Insurers Tuesday, based on initial estimates.This amount does not include the damage the government and agricultural sector suffered. Much of the damage was caused by trees that were uprooted and fell on cars and homes. Flying roof tiles and debris caused damage to homes, business premises, and vehicles.
The association thinks the damage would have been much greater if the authorities had not warned of the impending doom. Thanks to the code red the KNMI sent out, and in some areas the fire departments also gave residents additional advice, a lot of misery was prevented. Citizens, businesses and governments were able to take preventive measures, such as moving their cars to safer locations, according to director Richard Weurding of the association.
With a damage of 95 million, this storm takes second place on the list the association has kept since 2006. The storm of January 18, 2007, with total damages of 214 million euro, ranks first place. A "normal" autumn storm easily causes damages between 1 million and 5 million, but damages can emulate just as easily during a winter or summer storm.
2010 was an exceptional year in that respect: in February a storm caused 10.6 million euros in damages, and in July another storm caused 24.8 million in damages.
The Wadden measured force 12, making this storm the worst since 1976, according to WeerOnline.
It will take at least a few months before they will have a realistic picture of the total cost., according to a spokesperson. Several insurers announced on Monday they had already received hundreds of reports of damage, Interpolis received 3,500 on Monday alone and ASR a 1,000.
The emergency services were deployed 10,407 times on Monday till midnight, according to the website Alarmeringen.nl.
Residents of the Noord- and Oost Gelderland most often called the fire brigade, police and/or ambulance: emergency services were deployed 1,511 times in that region, which includes the Veluwe, where many trees were uprooted, and branches came down.
The Hague region followed with 811 reports, and emergency services in Rotterdam-Rijnmond were deployed 718 times.
The list of cities and villages is led by Amsterdam with 366 reports , followed by Rotterdam (291) and Zwolle (230).
Parts of Drenthe are still without running water Tuesday due to the storm. The water company Drenthe (WMD) reports many serious leaks, leaving thousands of households without running water. The WMD furnished a dozen locations, scattered across the province, where people can pick up water in 5-liter bottles for free.
Now that the wind has died down, traffic and transport can once again commence relatively undisturbed. The ferries to the islands sail again, and NS is basically back to a normal timetable.
The Forestry Commission warns the public to stay out of the woods, especially in the north of the country, because the risk of falling trees or branches is still high.
The urgent advice of Waternet to stay clear from the canals was still in force Tuesday, but the tour boats in the capital were not deterred. A number of canals is obstructed by fallen trees, but the boats can cruise around them, according to the manager of one of the companies offering cruises in Amsterdam.