Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Flood maps help secure insurance win

Monday November 19, 2012 - 13:03 EDT

A retired Albury resident has had his home insurance premium reduced by more than 500 per cent after he demanded up-to-date flood risk information.

Barry Pitman says an insurance representative from St George told him the new premium for his home and contents insurance would be $6,400 compared to $1,200 the previous financial year.

Mr Pitman says the company reversed its decision after he received Albury City Council's latest flood study maps, proving he was not in a flood risk zone.

"The impact for me is that my insurance will come back to a very sensible, reasonable amount, equivalent to what I paid last year, including flood insurance," he said.

"For me it's going to be of the order of just a little over $1,200."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone preparations step up as tropical low expected to strengthen off north Queensland

12:53 EDT

Authorities are preparing for a potential cyclone that could hit the north Queensland coast in coming days, as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) tracks a tropical low in the Coral Sea that is expected to strengthen.

Queensland cyclone threat update

11:30 EDT

It's looking more likely that a tropical cyclone will cross the Queensland coast in the coming days.

Tropical low drenches Port Hedland and surrounding cattle country

11:27 EDT

A slow-moving tropical low has drenched the WA mining town of Port Hedland, which has received more than 270 millimetres of rain this week.