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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.

Flood insurtech Neptune files patent for Triton technology

19th November 2019

Neptune Flood, an all-digital flood platform that leverages data analytics to provide agents and direct buyers the ability to rapidly quote and bind a policy, has filed a patent application for its Triton technology. Triton powers Neptune’s residential flood insurance product’s ability to executive a series of risk, pricing, disaggregation and ... Read the full article

Flood forecasting insurtech Previsico launches in UK

14th November 2019

Previsico, a SpinOut insurtech company from Loughborough University that specialises in flood modelling, has announced its nationwide launch in the UK. The firm aims to support re/insurers, brokers, and their customers with live actionable flood warnings, including uniquely for surface water flooding. Previsico believes that the growing threat of surface water flooding ... Read the full article

Northern England flooding could drive up to £120m in claims: PwC

13th November 2019

Extreme weather in northern England which over recent weeks has caused widespread damage and flooding could see claims payouts of between £80 million and £120 million, according to PwC. Over 500 properties have been flooded and 1,200 households evacuated as certain parts of the region was hit with a month’s worth ... Read the full article

Fathom’s flood maps, datasets included in Coastal Risk’s US reports

12th November 2019

US-based flood and natural hazard risk assessment firm, Coastal Risk Consulting has entered into a new partnership with UK domiciled flood modeller, Fathom. Under the new partnership, Fathom's up-to-date and comprehensive US flood maps and datasets, for both rainfall and river flooding, are incorporated in Coastal Risk Consulting's risk reports for ... Read the full article

US flood risk awareness increasing as major insurers pull back: analysts

26th September 2019

While current property flood risk disclosure requirements are set at the state level and can vary quite significantly, Morgan Stanley analysts note how some states have begun implementing more stringent conditions following recent major events. Texas, for example, revised its flood risk disclosure requirements following Hurricane Harvey, with property owners now ... Read the full article

Louis Hobson to lead Chubb’s North America Flood Insurance division

24th September 2019

Insurer and reinsurer Chubb has appointed Louis Hobson as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Flood Insurance for North America, based in Chicago and reporting to Derek Talbott, Division President of Chubb's North America Property & Specialty Lines. In this role, Hobson will work alongside the firm's personal and commercial lines of ... Read the full article

Munich Re partners with AAIS to address US flood protection gap

24th September 2019

Munich Re has partnered with not-for-profit advisory organisation the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) to focus on improving flood insurance protection for US homeowners. The flood insurance protection gap in the US continues to expand alongside the heightened risk of flood, the partnership noted, particularly for homeowners outside major flood ... Read the full article

Spanish floods to drive industry loss upwards of €287mn, says Aon

20th September 2019

The major flooding that occurred in southeast and central Spain last week is likely to drive an insurance and reinsurance industry loss in excess of €287 million (US $318 million), according to analysts at Aon. The broker also estimated that insured losses would represent only a fraction of the total economic ... Read the full article

Insurance consortium CCS expects €203mn loss from Spanish floods

19th September 2019

The Consorcio de Compensación de Seguros (the Insurance Compensation Consortium, or CCS) is expecting to face a loss of approximately €203 million as a result of the recent flooding in Spain. Record-breaking rainfall in the south-east of the country last week caused catastrophic flash-flooding, bursting river banks, sweeping away cars, and ... Read the full article

Marsh’s Torrent Technologies develops new flood offering

18th September 2019

Torrent Technologies, a Marsh company, has announced the launch of FloodPlus Commercial, a new private market primary flood insurance offering for agents of its Write Your Own (WYO) carrier clients. FloodPlus commercial provides up to $2.5 million in flood coverage for small commercial property owners’ building, building personal property (BPP), and ... Read the full article

JBA Risk Management develops probabilistic global flood model

16th September 2019

Flood risk modeller JBA Risk Management has announced the launch of a new probabilistic global flood model that will allow re/insurers to model river and surface water flood at 30 metres worldwide. The model, which JBA claims to be the first of its kind, will enable consistent comparisons of loss across ... Read the full article

AXA XL, insurtech Neptune Flood strike underwriting partnership

12th September 2019

Global re/insurer AXA XL has partnered with Neptune Flood, an all-digital flood platform that leverages data analytics to provide agents and direct buyers the ability to rapidly quote and bind a policy. It’s hoped the underwriting partnership will expand Neptune’s flood insurance capacity to homeowners throughout the US. Chris Bressette, Senior Vice ... Read the full article

Zurich NA, Wright to launch residential private flood insurance

28th August 2019

The North American arm of global insurer Zurich is partnering with flood insurer Wright National on a stand-alone product, due to launch in Florida on September 3, called Zurich Residential Private Flood Insurance With plans to expand coverage to 11 additional states in the future, the product allows property owners to ... Read the full article

Reviving the private US flood market could generate $41.6bn in premiums: Verisk

23rd August 2019

Recent analysis from data analytics provider Verisk suggests that reviving the private flood insurance market in the US could generate $41.6 billion in written premiums for insurers from owner-occupied homes. The figure came as part of a study that concluded 62 million residential locations in the US could be at moderate ... Read the full article

InsurTech Previsico targets insurance sector with flood resilience solution

14th August 2019

InsurTech firm Previsico, a SpinOut company from Loughborough University that specialises in modelling flooding in real-time, has announced its entry into the insurance sector following a successful seed funding round. The InsurTech specialises in modelling surface water flooding in real-time, and leverages the latest weather predictions to produce property-level flood nowcasts ... Read the full article

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