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Are you flood ready? Our thoughts for February

A month associated with St Valentines by many of us. But cast your mind back to February 2014, when romance was not on the cards for many in the southern and western parts of the UK.

Storm after storm hit our shores, and parts of the Somerset Levels remained under water for weeks as the focus moved to dredging waterways in the county.  Few will forget images of the main railway line to Cornwall and Devon being severed at Dawlish, cutting off communities for several weeks.

Four years on and several storms later, the Government has funded two separate grant schemes to help make homes and communities more flood resilient.  This month the Flood Advisory Service asks whether this has made a difference to these communities, and what more could be done to prevent those most vulnerable from our #1 natural threat.

Flood Advisory Service MD Sarah Marriott states “There is no doubt that Property Level Protection measures go a long way to providing peace of mind to residents in flood-prone communities, but these measures must be holistic and address all the possible areas for water ingress.  Too often we see examples of homeowners who have been short-changed, mis-advised or simply not been told the full picture of their flood risk.  We urge those people to follow our ‘Step by Step Guide to Managing Your Flood Risk  and ensure that they understand the full picture before considering what action they will take to protect their homes”. 

This is not the only issue.  Grant funding is a retrospective benefit, and whilst the investment is welcome, there are currently few plans to make grant funding available to flood prone communities BEFORE a flood event.   Prevention is better than cure… so many people lose everything when they flood, particularly if they are not insured.  Surely it is more effective to provide protection before it happens rather than after? We would like to see an initiative that provides match funding to home and business owners that encourages ownership of the issue whilst providing much-needed funding. So this month’s focus will be on pre-emptive action... We would like to hear your thoughts on this, so please feel free to contact us via email at info@floodadvisoryservice.co.uk.

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