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25th March 2015

Flooding

Guidance And Standards For Drying Flood Damaged Buildings

There is a great deal of guidance available on common methods for drying buildings and on managing and monitoring the drying process. Some of this guidance is available in the public domain free of charge and more is available to buy, but some is proprietary to particular damage management companies. Here we signpost all those sources.

 


Flooding And Historic Buildings

We know that the risk of flooding is likely to increase as a result of a changing climate and the effects of increased urban development. Estimates suggest the number of people at high risk from flooding could rise from 1.5 million to

3.5 million by 2080. Currently around 400,000 homes and 75,000 businesses in England are located in areas where there is a significant annual chance of river or coastal flooding (greater than a 1.3 per cent annual chance, or once every 75 years on average). More homes are at risk from surface water or sewer flooding, which is much harder to predict than river or coastal flooding. Many of these buildings will have been constructed before 1919 and will therefore be of historic importance.

As well as damage to property and infrastructure, flooding results in a significant human cost. Not only do householders lose possessions and suffer damage to their properties when there is a flood, but often they are also forced to endure the disruption caused by several months of evacuation.

Since the 2007 floods there have been major consultations and reviews undertaken by government and other regulatory organisations and a much greater recognition of the need for coordinated flood-risk management at a local level.

Integrated flood-risk management is essential if the historic environment is to be protected from flood damage, and effective communication between all those involved is therefore vital in securing the appropriate response. Co-operation with national agencies such as the Environment Agency is key to managing risks at a local level. Local Flood Resilience Forums also now have a very important role in helping manage the risks as well as providing integrated emergency management.

 


Improving The Flood Performance Of New Buildings – Flood Resilient Construction

Government policies in the UK do not advocate the building of dwellings in areas with a significant risk of flooding. However, where development is, exceptionally, necessary in such areas, national flood risk management policy requires that such developments are safe, do not increase flood risk elsewhere and, where possible, reduce flood risk overall.

It is critical that new buildings in these areas are designed appropriately to cope with floodwaters and minimise the time for re-occupation after a flooding event. Time to reoccupy properties is a principal consequence of flooding which can have a profound impact on the health and livelihoods of those affected.

 


 A Clear, Impartial Guide To Flooding

A flood can threaten your safety, cause serious damage to your property and its relocation contents and can result in many months of and disruption. This guide will tell you what you need to know about flooding and flood risk to your property (the land and the buildings on it), and what you can do to deal with the risk.