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SYNETIQs Major Incident team recovers over 700 vehicles from South Wales motor traders

SYNETIQ,  the largest salvage and dismantling company in the UK deploys major incident team to recover flood-damaged vehicles across South Wales.

 

SYNETIQs Major Incident team recovers over 700 vehicles from South Wales motor traders

Severe weather is causing a chaotic start to 2020, with many areas of the UK continuing to suffer the effects of major storms.

On Sunday 16th February, the fourth storm of the year hit Pontypridd, South Wales. Over a month’s worth of rain fell in 48 hours, resulting in significant flooding across the area. Over 1000 homes were damaged within the borough, with many businesses also left underwater.

The local motor trade and repair centres are badly affected, returning to work on Monday 17th February to find thousands of vehicles and multiple businesses damaged by floodwater. SYNETIQ received notification from its insurance client with several policyholders in need of urgent assistance in the area. 

Their Major Incident team was deployed to the area on Tuesday evening. At first light on Wednesday, a recovery strategy was developed with the Insurer and policyholders, with a strict timescale agreed.

SYNETIQ immediately deployed a fleet of vehicle transporters, forklift trucks, telehandlers and sweepers. By the end of the week, the team had cleared 4 primary sites, recovering over 300 vehicles using over 100 transporter journeys.

Over 100 tonnes of river silt and debris was moved from forecourts, enabling policyholders to continue repairs to the property. SYNETIQ will have the remaining areas cleared by the end of the week, helping to assess 150 vehicles as part of a further claim. As a result, the total number of vehicles the company has recovered from the Pontypridd area will be over 1000.

Unpredictable weather remains a risk to businesses in the motor trade across the country, but SYNETIQ remains on hand, reacting quickly whenever necessary. Regular investment in equipment and infrastructure also helps SYNETIQ offer the best possible service to its Insurance clients.

Visit: www.synetiq.co.uk

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