Inspiring the uptake of Property Flood Resilience

Although it is impossible to
completely flood-proof a property, there are many things that a property owner
can do to make their home or business more resilient and to reduce flood
damage. They can consider
installing property flood resilience measures, some of which are temporary,
while others involve permanent structural work. Some measures involve making
changes that allow flood water to enter the property, but minimising the damage
it can do. This eases the clean-up phase and speeds up the drying out process.
The take-up of Property Flood Resilience is still low in areas at significant risk
of flooding and although the product market continues to develop, there are
some areas which could be improved further.

The
Environment Agency will be helping communities across England to be better
protected against the impacts of flooding thanks to receiving almost £3 million
of government investment. Following a competitive evaluation process, three
projects across Yorkshire, Devon and Cornwall and central England have been
chosen to receive up to £700,000 each to boost research into, and uptake of,
property-level measures which can better protect homes and businesses from
flooding. The projects will be delivered with support from representatives of
the insurance and construction industries. The Environment Agency will also
monitor the projects to highlight successes and identify lessons that can be
used to foster greater use of property flood resilience measures elsewhere
across the country.

The
funding will go towards new research initiatives, demonstration centres and
advice portals which will help people to learn about the benefits of installing
measures in their homes which can significantly reduce the potential impacts of
flooding. The remaining money will be used to fund further research, support
project delivery and evaluation as well as initiatives to share the findings
and lessons learned from the three projects across the rest of the country.

The
Oxford-Cambridge Pathfinder, led by Northamptonshire County Council, will be
centred on the delivery of one million high-quality homes across a wide area,
including neighbouring counties, by 2050. Ten communities will be identified to
engage with the project, ensuring resources to promote and install property
flood resilience are prioritised in the areas most vulnerable to the impacts of
flooding.

The
Yorkshire Future Flood Resilience Pathfinder project, delivered by City of York
Council, will work with communities, planning and construction professionals,
the construction industry and the insurance sector. This initiative will
encourage greater uptake of property flood resilience measures across the
Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee area. It will establish a
community hub and learning lab, working with existing projects and initiatives
in the area, and provide staff to deliver a large scale training programme.

The South West Partnership project, led by Cornwall County Council, will focus on local innovation to enhance the future take-up of property flood resilience measures. As well as establishing a demonstration hub and web portal it will seek to simplify and streamline processes, increasing the flood resilience of communities across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

By Josie Bateman, Environment Agency

Biography: Josie Bateman leads a team of engagement
experts at the Environment Agency who help support local and national teams.
The team works to engage with those affected by flooding and collaborates with
those who help to reduce flooding. Josie is also the Property Flood Resilience
lead for the Environment Agency. 

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