Category Archives: Environment-Agency

Warning to UK home owners at risk of flooding

Home owners in the UK whose properties are at risk of flooding who have seen the price of their insurance rise in recent years have been urged to speak out. as reported on Friday, 02 May 2014 by Property Wire the Premier global property news service. They are being warned that government plans could leave them without access to affordable flood cover from next year.

The British Property Federation is asking anyone who has seen their premiums rise, or who is finding it hard to obtain buildings insurance for flood, to fill out a short online questionnaire as it steps up its campaign to ensure that Flood Re, the Government’s new flood insurance scheme, will be available to all home owners. Continue reading Warning to UK home owners at risk of flooding

House of Commons Managing Flood Risk June 2013

House of Commons Managing Flood Risk

Para 50. Agreement that the Government will “prevent unnecessary building in areas of high flood risk”. Evidence to the Committee’s previous Future Flood Management Legislation inquiry supported this approach—for example, an insurance company urged that “clear attention” be given to curbing construction in areas exposed to high flood risk. A key aim of the PPS 25 (Planning Policy Statement on flooding) was to ensure that local authorities framed policies to locate development in places that “avoid flood risk to people and property where possible”, and which “manage any residual risk, taking account of the impacts of climate change”. Continue reading House of Commons Managing Flood Risk June 2013

Defra and Association of British Insurers reach an agreement on flood insurance

Hundreds of thousands of households in flood-prone areas will be guaranteed affordable flood insurance after the government and insurance industry agreed a deal today. (27 July 2013)

After negotiations with the Association of British Insurers (ABI), this new agreement replaces the current ‘Statement of Principles’ that runs out at the end of July and will bring peace of mind to people who will soon need to renew their insurance. Continue reading Defra and Association of British Insurers reach an agreement on flood insurance

Why were these houses built on a flood plain?

As the countryside comes under more pressure from developers, we meet the victims of a failed flood system in Ruthin, North Wales says as an excellent article in The Telegraph  ‘Everyone blames everyone else, and it’s the ordinary people in the middle who suffer’

What they actually said was there was only a ‘once-in-a-thousand-years’ possibility of us being flooded. Well, we moved in nine months ago, and it’s already happened

“There’s a lot that needs explaining,” admits Ruthin’s mayor, Emrys Wynne, trudging the streets of Glasdir. “We just don’t know the answers yet. Perhaps the wrong kind of system was built. Perhaps it was simply overwhelmed by the amount of water. All we know at the moment is that it failed, and it’s a tragedy for these people.”

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Cumbria Flood Danger spots identified

Flood danger spots identified by Environment Agency and reported by The Whitehaven News at 13:36, Friday, 09 November 2012. MORE than 60 Cumbrian communities are living under the threat of flash flooding – double the number in the rest of the entire north west region.

It includes almost 20 communities in the west of the county, including those along the coast such as the River Ehen (covering Egremont, Thornhill, Braystones and Cleator), Skirting Beck (Egremont), Nor Beck (Cleator Moor), Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge. Continue reading Cumbria Flood Danger spots identified

Cumbrian towns chosen to pioneer ‘next-gen’ flood defences

On Thursday, 25 October 2012 Phil Coleman of Times & Star reports that two Cumbrian towns have been chosen to pioneer a new generation of flood defences. Officials at the Environment Agency accept that floods are the number one natural hazard facing the UK, with climate changes and extreme weather putting more properties as risk. Continue reading Cumbrian towns chosen to pioneer ‘next-gen’ flood defences

House cover shot up by 35% over ‘flood risk’

Joanna Hopwood says my “uphill house” flood insurance shot up by 35% over ‘flood risk’ from a ditch as Aviva uses new technology for premiums as reported on 07 October 2012 by Jeff Prestridge of this is money.co.uk website . Aviva Britain’s biggest insurer, is facing a backlash from a minority of customers over the introduction of new flood-mapping technology designed to align premiums more precisely with the flood risk to individual homes. Continue reading House cover shot up by 35% over ‘flood risk’