Flood claims: Under the weather

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Last winter's floods were the 'most extreme on record', according to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Yet, and despite flooding occurring in 13 out of the last 16 years, England spends more on the after-effects of flood than on its defences.  Axa had a deluge of claims following Storms Desmond and Eva - almost 950 flood and 6000 storm. The average cost-per-flood claim exceeded £50,000, reports Martin Ashfield, Axa's claims technical director, who notes this was higher than usual, u