Disgusted at insurance for flood hit homes

Coun Grant Davey.
Coun Grant Davey.

The leader of Northumberland County Council is to write to the government in a bid to help Morpeth residents get cheaper home insurance following flooding in recent years.

Council leader Grant Davey will be contacting both the environment minister and the floods minister to demand that flood databases are updated to help people in the town obtain home insurance at reasonable rates.

The town was badly hit by flooding in both 2008 and 2012, and this summer a £26m flood alleviation scheme was completed which will reduce risk to thousands of homes and businesses.

However people living nearby have not seen any reduced quotes for home insurance, with some residents getting quotes of several thousand pounds.

Coun Davey said: “The situation for Morpeth residents with their insurance levels is extremely frustrating. It’s ridiculous that people are having to ask for specific letters from the Environment Agency when the organisation could easily update their database rather than making extra work for already hard hit residents.

“Personally I think it is disgusting. The chaos and damage we are seeing needs to be tackled.”