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A comprehensive guide to help homeowners and small businesses to ...
A comprehensive guide to help homeowners and small businesses to

improve the flood resistance of their homes and premises was launched

today by planning minister Sally Keeble.

The guidance 'Preparing for Floods' contains advice on simple,

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

during floods.

More comprehensive measures include:

- Using materials for floors and walls that are more


- Raising gas appliances, electric meters and sockets above the

flood level.

- 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

DTLR website.

3.The guidance document will also be available through the

Environment Agency's 'Floodline,' which can be reached on 0845 988


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