Sheets of metal from the Dunedin City Council-owned
building at 20 Parry St cover Uli Ludemann's 1989 Honda
Accord during strong wind gusts on Tuesday. Photo supplied.
Dunedin City Council insurance agents are assessing
claims of damage to vehicles hit by building debris blown off a
Half a dozen vehicles parked in Parry St on Tuesday were
dented and scratched by sheets of metal and other material
blown off the SRS Dunedin building at 20 Parry St during
strong wind gusts.
Ravensbourne resident Uli Ludemann and another vehicle owner
were initially told by the council the damage to their
vehicles resulted from an act of God and the council's
insurance would not cover the cost of repairs.
But yesterday, they were contacted by council staff and told
their cases would be assessed under the council's insurance
Mr Ludemann, who only had third party insurance for his
damaged vehicle, said he was relieved the council was
considering his case.
A DCC spokesman confirmed the insurance inquiry, responding
to Otago Daily Times questions yesterday.
''DCC staff contacted all vehicle owners whose cars were
damaged by dislodged material from the building. Most owners
are following the usual process through their own insurance
companies,'' he said.
''The concerns of the two vehicle owners who directly
approached the council because they did not have insurance
have been passed on to our insurance company to assess.''
The spokesman said the building at 20 Parry St was being
assessed by engineers following it being damaged by Tuesday's
wind. Before Tuesday, the council was happy with the state of
the building, he said.
It complied with the Building Code and did not have any
structural problems, as far as the council was aware.