One in four homes affected by flood risk
Some 48,000 homes were affected by the floods of Summer 2007 according to the Landmark Information Group provider of flood data and 1 in 4 British homes are still potentially at flood risk.
In response to the latest data from the Met Office, which reveals that rainfall in the summer months has increased year on year since 2007, Landmark is urging home owners and businesses in the UK to become more aware of the escalating threat that flooding poses.
The UK Flood Risk Assessment maps cover all sources of flood risk, including surface water and minor river flooding, which is believed to have caused around 50 per cent of the damage from the 2007 summer floods.
This means that both homebuyers and businesses have far more accurate information about a property’s flood risk.
James Sherwood-Rogers, Managing Director of Landmark Legal & Financial comments: “Unfortunately flood risk is now a very real situation that is here to stay in the UK, and the Met Office figures highlight how it is only set to increase in years to come.
"According to the Met Office, July 2009 was the wettest in England since the official records began in 1914, with a month’s worth of rain having fallen in the first two weeks of July alone. Whilst in July 2007 there was 135.2mm, triggering some of the worst floods in decades.”
Sherwood-Rogers continues: “Where there are now more flood warnings in place and measures that people can take to protect their property from such an eventuality, people can be more prepared by being aware of the risks from the outset. We also need to be looking now at where we build new homes, drainage systems and water storage in order to protect our homes and businesses from flooding in the future.”
Landmark’s website www.homecheckflood.co.uk highlights the issues associated with flooding and provides practical guidance and advice and surface water flow.
The 1,000-year flood risk map identifies areas that would be at risk under very extreme rainfall and flooding.
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