Immediate and long-term physical and mental health impacts of flooding need to be studied further, says the Scottish Executive.
And the report recommends that, where practicable, flood warning schemes be extended to all communities at risk.
The study, by Dundee University, identified the extent to which the intangible impacts from flooding impact upon people who have been flooded. These are the 'hard to replace' impacts of flooding such as stress, anxiety, loss of personal irreplaceable items and discomfort at living in temporary accommodation. The study found that these are greater than the tangible impacts, for example, financial losses and reduction in house value. In terms of the most severely affected it is the elderly and most vulnerable that feel intangible impacts to the greatest extent. Vulnerable households on low incomes also had lower social resilience and reported higher immediate and lasting intangible impacts.
Direct methods of flood warning dissemination, particularly officials knocking on the door, and media messages, are strongly favoured.
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