New flooding provisions introduced to York
8:30am 1st November 2010
Sandbags are going to be provided for people who are classed as living in a flood prone areas of York.
It could be those near rivers but also people effected by surface water flooding or flash floods.
We're being told Brits are naive over flood risk
Millions still not taking precautions against flooding as Government reduces Flood Defence budget for next 4 years
A quarter of British homes are at risk of flood, yet 83% of homeowners do not consider their homes to be in danger. That’s according to new research released today to coincide with the inaugural ‘National Flood Risk Awareness Week’ which runs from 1st – 5th November and marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Great Autumn Floods’ of October – December 2000.
Despite it being less than a year since Cockermouth in Cumbria was devastated by one of the worst floods of modern times, the tragic pictures of residents fighting to save their homes, possessions and even lives seems to have failed to register with the public.
At the same time, while the previous Government had committed £2.15 billion for the three years to 2011 to improve flood defences, only £2 billion has been allocated by the new Government over the four years from 2011 to 2015, meaning more responsibility now seemingly lies with individuals to protect their own homes.
The new campaign, launched by Landmark Information Group in conjunction with the National Flood Forum (NFF), encourages homeowners to think more deeply about their own flood risk and how they can minimise damage.
Their survey also reveals that 65% of people rightly believe the UK to be at greater risk of flooding than it was ten years ago, yet 68% have put no measures in place to minimise risk to their home and belongings in the event of flooding.
The cost of repairing a flooded home can run into the tens, if not hundreds of thousands of pounds, however, of the 95% of those surveyed who have contents insurance, nearly half (45%) do not know whether or not their policy covers flooding.
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