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New guide for flood risk property owners

Cumbria Floods 2015

The government has launched a new plan to help housholders and businesses to protect their properties from flooding and enable communities to recover from flooding more quickly.

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan was published by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). It had brought together government and industry to produce the document, which is intended to ensure property owners are better equipped to prepare for flooding and to help them reoccupy buildings which have been flooded, sooner.

The report explores the role of building regulations and certification in encouraging the use of flood resistant construction methods. It also examines how independent standards can give consumers confidence in flood products and how insurers can increase their support for property owners.

As part of the plan, a “one stop shop” advice portal, has also been established to make it easier for property owners to find the most relevant flood protection information.

Floods minister Thérèse Coffey said: “The impact of flooding on people’s lives is not just financial, it can be emotionally devastating.

“Our unprecedented £2.5bn investment in flood defences will better protect 300,000 properties from floods by 2021. But property-level measures are key to ensuring those who are unfortunate enough to suffer flooding can get back in their homes and businesses sooner and minimise the impact.”

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan was produced by representatives from central government, the Environment Agency, insurers, surveyors, materials producers, the legal profession and flood action groups. The drafting committee was chaired by building research body BRE chairman Peter Bonfield.

Bonfield said: “The action plan will help to give people and businesses the means to reduce the chances of their lives and livelihoods being disrupted by flooding. This is about both stopping the floodwaters getting in, and speeding recovery when it does.

“This action plan goes hand in hand with other recent announcements, like the broader National Flood Resilience Review. Both help ensure the country is better prepared for future flood events.”


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