- 11th November 2020
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
This year, the Environment Agency’s annual Flood Action Campaign is targeting people who live in areas at high risk of flooding but have not yet experienced flooding to their homes.
We’ll be supporting the Flood Action Campaign, which runs from October to March, starting with #FloodActionWeek this week.
According to the Environment Agency, there are over 5 million homes in England at risk of flooding, with the average cost of flooding to a home is around £30,000. Flooding also brings a significant risk to life.
The mental health impacts of flooding can last for two years or more after flooding has happened, and depression, anxiety and PTSD can affect up to a third of people who have been flooded. But, crucially, taking steps to prepare for flooding, and knowing what to do in a flood can significantly reduce the damages to a home and possessions (by around 40%), reduce risk to life, and reduce the likelihood of suffering from mental health impacts in the future.
Flood Action Campaign 2020, Environment Agency
The campaign encourages people to prepare for flooding, using the Prepare. Act. Survive. flood plan to help reduce these risks.
Property Flood Resilience
Property flood resilience (PFR) is an important part of managing flood risk for homeowners and business owners. It provides cost-effective options to increase community resilience where traditional engineered flood defence schemes may not be viable. These options include:
- Resistance measures that aim to limit water entry, such as door barriers, pumps and non-return valves.
- Resilience measures to adapt a property to limit the damage caused if water does enter, such as raised electrics and waterproof plaster.
Both can be very effective at reducing the risk to people and property, enabling households and businesses to reduce the damage caused by floods and speed up recovery and reoccupation. You can learn more about Property Flood Resilience measures on our webpages.
This week in 2019 – South Yorkshire and East Midlands flood events
This week in November 2019 intense rain fell across many districts in the north of England, leading to severe flooding in locations in Sheffield, Doncaster, Bentley and Fishlake. Read our Event Response blog to find out more. In February 2020, many homeowners and businesses were affected by flooding caused by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.
Following the winter flood events, the Government’s Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Recovery Grant scheme made grants of up to £5,000 available, to help people in affected areas with the cost of buying and installing more effective measures to limit the damage should they be flooded in the future.
In September the PFR Recovery Grant scheme was extended by nine months, in recognition of delays and additional pressures created by the coronavirus pandemic. More information about the scheme can be found here and you can also contact your local authority.
Want to know more?
You can follow the Environment Agency’s #FloodActionWeek this week on social media, and also their Flood Action campaign from October 2020 to March 2021.
Find out more about what to do in a flood on the Environment Agency’s webpage.