Could More Have Been Done To Prevent Flood Damage?


It's not new information that the floods this winter have been some of the most devastating ever, with many places in the UK being left sad and sodden for extended periods. With even more extreme weather expected, the far reaching effects will continue for homeowners long after the flood waters have receded.

Storm Clouds and Surveys

Our conveyancing team wanted to find out how the storms and floods had impacted the British public, getting a grip on the hard facts and figures. We began with some initial research into the effect of each storm individually, and then as a whole. You can see the findings by clicking the image:

Floodwatch - Winter Storms

We then went on to survey 500 people to find out the human impact:

  1. Do you think it was possible to avoid flooding this year?
    A massive 62% of respondents indicated that they did not think the damage seen could have been avoided.
  2. Do you think the government did enough to prevent the flood damage?
    For 74% of respondents there was a strong belief that the government could have done more.
  3. Could more be done with Britain's infrastructure to protect against future floods?
    An even larger proportion, a huge 83% of the people asked, believed that more could be done with infrastructure, to lessen the damage of floods in the future.

The Lasting Effects for Homeowners

Commenting on the results, Partner and Head of Residential Conveyancing, Lisa Gibbs says:

"It comes as no surprise that people feel more could have been done to prevent the devastation caused by these storms. Thousands of people have been affected and some people have lost so much.

Usually the New Year is a time of celebration and looking forward to new beginnings; this leads to a boom in the property market. When you purchase a new house, searches are undertaken which include an environmental search report which will report on historical flooding in the area. It's important that all buyers ensure that they instruct their solicitors to carry out these searches; the cost is relatively low in comparison with the potential risk.

Before they exchange contracts, buyers should also ensure they can insure the property for all relevant risks, including flooding and that there are no unreasonable excesses applied."

She continued:

"We've just had a buyer of a Yorkshire leasehold flat pull out because the river nearly encroached on the ground floor of the property. Even though he was going to buy a second floor flat, he would have had to contribute to any excess/cost of repairs to the ground floor, as all leaseholders in the block would have to contribute through their service charge."

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