improve the flood resistance of their homes and premises was launched
today by planning minister Sally Keeble.
low-cost measures to limit damage to personal property as well as
suggestions on building alterations and designs that help keep water
out or reduce damage if flood water enters. The guide is aimed at
homeowners, small businesses, planners and developers.
Planning minister Sally Keeble said
'Since the impact of flooding is so devastating, it is important that
people in flood risk areas take action to protect their properties .
Much can be done to reduce the damage caused by floods as this
guidance shows. We hope it will be of practical help to all those
whose homes or businesses may be at risk.
The key messages to small businesses and homeowners in flood risk
areas is that simple measures can save you a considerable amount of
disruption and money. If you live in an area at higher risk then
protection measures can save you even more.'
In all cases, action plans should be based on an assessment of the
likelihood, probable depth and duration of floods in the locality.
The simpler measures include:
- Knowing where the gas and electricity supplies can be turned off.
- Making sure important equipment and valuables can be stored in dry
- Considering temporary flood barriers for doors, windows and
- Considering fitting valves to prevent sewage flowing backward
More comprehensive measures include:
- Using materials for floors and walls that are more
- Raising gas appliances, electric meters and sockets above the
- Raising the planned floor level above the maximum flood level.
- Planning more secure and comprehensive drainage systems.
- Installing flood defenses within the landscaping of housing
- Designing buildings with living areas upstairs and a ground floor
used for garage and storage.
The 'Preparing for Floods' guidance document also includes the
experiences of householders and small businesses, which show how
prior preparation has reduced damage caused by floods and brought
about a quicker recovery in the aftermath of flooding. The guidance
will also be made available in Welsh.
It forms a part of the Environment Agency's flood awareness campaign
with copies available free of charge from the Agency's 24 hour
Floodline 0845 988 1188.
The guide was jointly funded by the department for transport, local
government and the regions, the Environment Agency, the department
for trade and industry, the national assembly for Wales, the Scottish
Executive, the Association of British Insurers, the House Builders
Federation, and the National House Builders Council. The other
organisations involved in the production of the guide were the
Building Research Establishment, the Construction Industry Research
and Information Association, HR Wallingford and WS Atkins.
1. The guide has been prepared in response to a recommendation made
by the parliamentary select committee for the environment, transport
and regional affairs following the autumn 2000 floods, to provide
supplementary planning guidance for use by planning authorities and
information on improving flood resistance of existing properties.
2. The guidance document 'Preparing for Floods' is available on the
3.The guidance document will also be available through the
Environment Agency's 'Floodline,' which can be reached on 0845 988