- 30th January 2017
- Posted by: Sophie Smith
- Category: Blog
On Thursday and Friday of this week Peter May and Beth Jones, from our Flood Resilience team, will be attending the very first Cumbria Flood Expo at Carlisle Racecourse.
Organised by the charity Community Emergency Response Team UK (CERT, formerly Eden Flood Volunteers), the event aims to help those affected by the floods of 2015 and to limit the risk of flooding in the future. It will help raise awareness of the steps property owners can take to better protect their homes and businesses from flooding – and take advantage of the £5,000 Government Flood Resilience Grant still available to all those affected by Storm Desmond.
Property Level Protection
Property-level protection (PLP) enables individual property owners to either:
- install bespoke products designed to limit floodwater entry (such as door and window barriers, automatic airbricks and pumps); or
- adapt the property to improve flood resilience and minimise damage, should floodwater enter (such as waterproof plaster, raised electrics and tiled floors).
It is important to obtain impartial advice from qualified, flood risk specialists, completely independent from selling or installing flood protection products. As one of the country’s leading flood risk consultancies, we are on hand to offer help and advice.
“This event is a prime opportunity for us to reach the local community affected by flooding and to help advise on flood protection and resilience for potential future incidents” commented Peter, Head of Flood Resilience.
“We have been working with Carlisle City Council providing independent flood risk surveys to nearly 500 property owners in Carlisle, as part of the Flood Resilience Grant application process. Drop by to speak to us at the Expo and find out more about the grants.
The grant deadline has recently been extended so you now have until March 2017 to apply. So come and see us on the stand and book in for a flood risk survey, paid for by the grant.
Want to know more?
We have developed an online Property Protection Advisor tool for Defra, which can be found on the National Flood Forum’s website. This tool enables property owners to find out more about property level protection and how much it might cost to improve property flood resilience. However, it is only a guide and people are strongly advised to then seek expert advice from an independent flood risk assessor, who will survey people’s properties and identify options that are suitable for them, the property and the flood risk.
As mentioned above, conducting independent flood risk surveys to identify property protection options is a service that we can provide. Please contact Beth Jones for more information and to arrange a survey booking before the grant deadline.
We hope you can make it to the Cumbria Expo to speak to Peter and Beth in person. However, if you can’t, you can read more on Property Level Protection on our website or you can contact Peter May directly.