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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.

Australia’s Townsville flooding declared catastrophe by insurance council

4th February 2019

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared a catastrophe for insurance policyholders in the city of Townsville, Queensland, which has experienced torrential rainfall and flooding over the past week. Officials said that up to 20,000 homes are at risk of flooding after the coastal area received more than a metre ... Read the full article

FEMA announces renewal of NFIP reinsurance program

31st January 2019

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the renewal of its flood reinsurance program to protect the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), securing $1.32 billion of protection. The $1.32 billion of traditional flood reinsurance protection was secured from a panel of 28 participating reinsurance companies, and is effective January 1st ... Read the full article

Lawmakers push for NFIP to cede more risk to reinsurers

18th January 2019

U.S lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that pushes for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to cede more of its risk to the private reinsurance market. The Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act is one of four bills introduced by Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer that calls for improvements to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ... Read the full article

AmWINS to acquire Florida’s The Flood Insurance Agency

14th January 2019

Global specialty insurance provider, AmWINS Group, Inc., has agreed a deal in principle to acquire Florida-based managing general agency (MGA), The Flood Insurance Agency. The Flood Insurance Agency specialises in private market flood insurance, providing access to an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Operating as a Program Administrator for ... Read the full article

Flood Re premiums cut by up to £112 for 2019

2nd January 2019

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has cut the reinsurance premiums it charges to insurance companies as of 1 January 2019, which in turn should lower the cost of flood protection for those most at risk of flooding in the UK. Premiums charged by Flood Re to insurers are set ... Read the full article

Oasis LMF, Nat Re and WTW to collaborate on new Philippines flood model

28th November 2018

Oasis Loss Modelling Framework (Oasis LMF) is to develop a new open-access catastrophe model for flood in the Philippines in collaboration with the National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines (Nat Re) and re/insurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The two-year project, called the ‘Oasis Platform for Catastrophe and Climate Change Risk ... Read the full article

Significant losses expected as Sydney storm brings flash flooding

28th November 2018

Significant insured losses are expected to arise from a storm that hit the city of Sydney, Australia this morning, bringing gale force winds and torrential rain that caused flash flooding and severe disruption. More than 500 Australians have called for emergency assistance following the storm, which also damaged buildings and vehicles, ... Read the full article

NFIP’s 2019 flood reinsurance renewal process begins

2nd November 2018

The U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun the 2019 reinsurance program renewal process for its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), with the possibility of a multi-year deal being sought. FEMA first entered the reinsurance market in 2016 with $1 million of flood protection running from 19 September 2016 to ... Read the full article

RMS launches U.S Inland Flood HD Model

1st November 2018

Catastrophe risk modelling and analytics firm RMS has announced the release of its U.S Inland Flood High Definition (HD) Model, which accounts for all types of inland floods including those induced by both tropical cyclone and non-tropical cyclone rainfall. The model is coupled with the RMS North Atlantic Storm Surge Model ... Read the full article

Insured losses expected as deadly Italian storm floods Venice

31st October 2018

Almost three quarters of the city of Venice has been submerged under floodwaters after Italy was battered by a storm with windspeeds of up to 180km/h (110 mph) earlier this week. Widespread wind and flood damage has been reported across the country, which is expected to drive losses for primary insurers ... Read the full article

Insurance claims from Kerala, India floods surpass US$273 million

26th October 2018

Insurance claims from the severe flooding in the Kerala region of India in July and August, which is expected to result in economic losses of at least $3 billion, have approached Rs 2,000 crore (approximately $273.2 million), with industry sources suggesting that the payouts are more likely to hit ... Read the full article

Munich Re America partners with BriteCore on inland personal flood coverage

25th October 2018

The U.S branch of global reinsurance firm Munich Re is to offer inland personal lines flood coverage to its insurance carriers and agency partners that use BriteCore, a web-based insurance administration platform. The endorsement from Munich Re America is available to homeowners who live outside of a Special Flood Hazard Area ... Read the full article

Verisk launches new flood underwriting tool WaterLine

23rd October 2018

Leading data analytics provider Verisk has announced the launch of WaterLine, a new underwriting tool that scores flood risk for all properties in the contiguous United States, helping insurers keep up with the growing number of homes and businesses vulnerable to flood. WaterLine was developed by Verisk businesses ISO and AIR ... Read the full article

JBA launches high-resolution Florida flood maps

23rd October 2018

JBA Risk Management, the global flood risk modeller, has announced the launch of its new high-resolution state-wide flood map for Florida, part of a wider rollout for the continental U.S. Managing Director of JBA Matt Reid stated that the flood map provides “a comprehensive understanding of all three principal types of ... Read the full article

Flood Re to lower reinsurance premium charges from Jan 2019

1st October 2018

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has announced that it will lower the reinsurance premiums it charges to insurance companies from January 1st 2019, which in turn should lower the cost of flood protection for those most at risk of flooding in the UK. The premiums Flood Re charges insurers are ... Read the full article