Flood insurance man may be unable to sell home

A man in Grimsby may be unable to sell his home unless he pays £1,200 a year for flood insurance.

Simon Tutte, of Robin Walk in Great Coates, had his house flooded in 2007 because of excessive rainfall, according to the Grimsby Telegraph.

The incident cost the 47-year-old – who is disabled because of a spinal cord injury that he sustained earlier in his life – £26,000 to repair.

But now the man is concerned that unless he pays £1,200 per year, he will be unable to sell his property in the future – especially because after the 2007 incident it emerged that a number of features in his house had been poorly planned and did not meet regulations.

Any prospective buyer for Mr Tutte’s home would have to be made aware of these problems and could be scared off.

Jason Longhurst, head of development at North East Lincolnshire Council, told the local newspaper: “The council and the Drainage Board have worked together to improve the watercourses since the flooding in 2007. This has reduced the flood risks to residents in the Great Coates area.”

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