The Insurance Council of New Zealand advises property owners and householders who are insured and have suffered damage from the recent weather events to notify their insurer as soon as possible.
"Photograph and list damaged food items before disposing of them, and retain all property and other personal items for inspection by insurers' assessors", said Insurance Council of New Zealand CEO Tim Grafton in a statement.
"Typically, after flooding, materials get so badly damaged or contaminated that they need to be thrown out. Sometimes local councils may require material to be disposed of for health reasons", said Mr Grafton.
"Insurance normally covers damage caused by flooding. It is important for those that have suffered damage caused by the weather in recent days to contact their insurers as soon as possible to lodge claims. "