Week one: Local Government Association flood survey
UPDATE: Good news… the FCI flood seminar has just got bigger! We have been inundated with requests to attend as well as some suggestions of additional topics. The not so good news… to accommodate some of the changes, it has unfortunately meant that we have had to reschedule the seminar to March 2016 (date TBC).
So, we’ve revealed the big news that we’re hosting a FCI Flood Seminar on Thursday 17th November but that’s not all… leading up to the seminar, you’ll also see lots of flood related posts popping up every week so keep your eyes peeled! Let’s kick start by taking a look back at last winter’s floods…
A survey carried out by the Local Government Association (LGA) showed that over 15,000 homes and businesses in eight council areas were affected by flooding in last winter’s storms, with some councils still helping flood-hit homes recover.
The winter of 2015 had record breaking rainfall and flooding, especially in the North of the UK, where a month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours . According to the LGA, Cumbria was the worst hit with 6,568 homes and 897 businesses affected by flooding, other areas that suffered included Calderdale, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, York, Leeds, Northumberland and Kirklees.
Moving forward, LGA believe the government should have more mandatory anti-flood measures in place, especially for new build homes, such as raised electrical sockets and sealed floors to reduce the damage that a flood would cause.
In order to be prepared for the unknown this year, councils are encouraging people to check if their homes are in flood-prone areas and to sign up to flood warnings. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) £2.5bn investment will also help to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding by 2021 as well as working more closely with local councils and utility companies to determine better solutions to local communities.
Stay tuned! A bigger more insightful FCI flood event awaits in March next year…
 Telegraph (2015), ‘Weather: Britain on flood alert as a month’s worth of rain falls in 24 hours’. Available at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/weather/9324057/Weather-Britain-on-flood-alert-as-a-months-worth-of-rain-falls-in-24-hours.html (Accessed: 7 October 2016)