19 Nov

Government bill to strengthen flood defences

Government bill to strengthen flood defences

Homeowners in areas prone to flooding could find themselves with better protection following the publication of the government's flood and water management bill.

Those who currently pay high premiums for buildings and contents insurance to cover their property against flooding as it is in a high risk area may see premiums fall if the promised work is carried out.

Proposals put forward by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) include grants for homeowners to construct property-level flood protection as well as the implementation of a further 102 flood defence schemes.

It is estimated that these projects will protect an additional 63,000 homes from flooding in England.

Another initiative outlined under the bill will see the establishment of a flood forecasting centre, to be jointly managed by the Environment Agency and the Met Office.

The aim is to improve predictions relating to potential flooding and to provide emergency services with more comprehensive information to help them reach the worst-affected areas quickly.

Following a run of bad weather across the UK this week (commencing November 16th) insurance company More Than issued advice to homeowners at risk of flooding.

It included contacting the local council to find out whether sandbags were available as well as making sure that all insurance documents and sentimental items, such as photographs, were stored safely upstairs and preferably in water-tight containers.

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