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News related to flood insurance and reinsurance, including: new products and market innovation; flood insurance market loss events; companies underwriting flood insurance or reinsurance; public flood insurance through the NFIP; and the expanding availability of private market flood coverage.

Willis Re unveils new Indonesia Flood model

24th September 2020

Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global brokerage Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has launched a new fully probabilistic Indonesia Flood model, developed in collaboration with the Willis Research Network (WRN) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI). Willis Re's new Indonesia Flood model provides a comprehensive ... Read the full article

Hurricane Sally losses will largely fall to NFIP: AM Best

18th September 2020

Analysts at AM Best do not expect Hurricane Sally to constitute a major insurance industry loss due to its large flood component, which will mainly be covered by the US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Hurricane Sally made landfall on the US Gulf Coast early on Wednesday morning, dropping massive amounts ... Read the full article

FEMA commences 2021 NFIP reinsurance renewal process

18th September 2020

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has returned to the traditional market and begun its procurement of reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to be effective on or about January 1st, 2021. After testing the market with a limited placement in 2016, FEMA's NFIP has been leveraging reinsurance protection, ... Read the full article

PERILS puts insured property loss for Feb UK floods at £375m

1st September 2020

Zurich-based insurance data company, PERILS, has released an updated industry loss footprint for the floods in the United Kingdom in February 2020. The floods mainly affected Wales, the Midlands and Yorkshire from 9 to 29 February 2020. In total, an estimated 4,800 properties were flooded, although many more buildings were successfully ... Read the full article

Marsh’s Torrent highlights need for public-private sectors to join together on cat flood risk

26th August 2020

Marsh subsidiary and direct servicing agent of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Torrent Technologies has highlighted the need for public and private sectors to take collaborative action now in order to mitigate catastrophic flood risk. According to the report, 40% of the US population live in coastal counties today putting ... Read the full article

Previsico hires Business Development Manager

18th August 2020

Live flood forecasting specialist, Previsico, has announced that Lucy Coutts has been appointed as its latest Business Development Manager. This move is to support the company’s insurance expansion that’s being planned in the UK, US and beyond. The Insurtech company is currently based in the UK with a recent launch in the ... Read the full article

Flood Re welcomes government investment in resilience

14th July 2020

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has welcomed an announcement that the government plans to invest in the country’s ability to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. The measures laid out in the proposals include a £5.2 billion investment to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences ... Read the full article

Flood Re calls for improved resilience after record loss year

7th July 2020

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has urged the country to “build back better” following record flood losses in 2019/20. Flood Re incurred claims at a gross cost of £160 million last year, which was ten times higher than the previous year. After three relatively dry years, 2019/20 saw the first ... Read the full article

Fathom announces innovative new US flood model

24th June 2020

UK-based flood risk modeller Fathom claims to have developed a new flood model that is set to fundamentally change the understanding of the risk by providing an unparalleled view of flood hazard across mainland US. Fathom-USv2 is a national-scale model adapted to account for climate change rather than relying solely on ... Read the full article

Flood forecasting insurtech Previsico targets US market

11th June 2020

Previsico, a SpinOut insurtech company from Loughborough University that specialises in flood modelling, has announced that it plans to target the US market, backed by funding from Innovate UK. The insurtech launched UK-wide in November 2019 to support insurers, brokers, and customers with live flood warnings, including uniquely for surface water ... Read the full article

The real story of US flood is the lack of insurance take-up: Clark, Guy Carpenter

4th June 2020

Too often, the story around U.S. flood risk focuses on FEMA and what the entity either isn’t doing right or could be doing better, when the real story is the dangerously low levels of flood insurance penetration, according to Jonathan Clark of Guy Carpenter. Clark, who leads the Public Sector division ... Read the full article

Guy Carpenter launches Philippines Flood Model

14th May 2020

Guy Carpenter, the reinsurance broking arm of Marsh & McLennan Companies, has announced the launch of its new probabilistic flood model for the Philippines. The Philippines Flood Model provides countrywide coverage and enables insurers to assess exposure for one of the most common natural hazards in the region. Guy Carpenter’s model is ... Read the full article

UK government to review lack of flood insurance cover

15th April 2020

The UK government has announced that it will conduct a review to identify why many of the people affected by flooding in November 2019 did not have sufficient insurance coverage in place. The review will look at evidence relating to insurance cover for those affected in Doncaster following the floods last ... Read the full article

Flood insurtech Neptune expands US presence

24th March 2020

Neptune Flood Incorporated, a digital insurtech firm focused on the flood market, has announced its launch into Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois in the US. With its expansion into these states, a potential 6.7 million more households will now have access to Neptune’s flood insurance solution. The firm explained that it launched in ... Read the full article

2020 Budget is positive for UK insurers, but challenges persist: A.M. Best

13th March 2020

Overall, the recently announced UK 2020 Budget is generally positive for UK insurers but the sector is still faced with challenges, reports financial services ratings agency, A.M. Best. Following the announcement of the 2020 Budget by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer earlier this week, A.M. Best has offered some thoughts ... Read the full article