As we brace ourselves for more rain and with parts of the country still on flood alert, others are dealing with the deluge of damage caused by the recent floods. Here are our tips on what to do if you live in an area at risk and find that flood water may be heading your way …
It is important to collect key documentation in a safe place upstairs. This includes insurance documents and helpline numbers, plus personal telephone book for relatives and friends, and a local directory for contacting tradesmen and the emergency services. You may also like to ensure passports and driving documents are safeguarded as well as bank, mortgage and credit card details.
Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies at the mains. Unplug all electrical items and store upstairs. If possible cover doors, windows and airbricks with plywood, metal sheeting or sandbags, which may be available from your local council. Take as many items of furniture and precious possessions as possible upstairs.
Where possible take photographs of your rooms. This will not only provide evidence to support any claim, but will remind you of what you have lost.
It is vital to keep abreast of the latest flood warnings and weather forecasts either via the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or television and radio broadcasts. The Environment Agency also operates a Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flood warnings.
As severe flooding cripples parts of Cornwall, the communities of Cumbria know only too well the heartache and devastation that heavy rainfall and flood waters bring.
A fundraising book containing more than 100 postcards written by celebrities has been launched and is now on sale with proceeds of the book going towards organisations which helped after the Cumbrian floods of 2009.
Cumbria Tourism’s ‘wish you were here’ went on sale on 15th November. With a special foreword from the Prince of Wales, this limited edition features handwritten postcards from Dame Judi Dench, Tess Daly and Jonny Wilkinson, some feature drawings, paintings and photographs but all describe what the writer loves most about the Lake District.
With more flood warnings issued in York and surrounding areas, here’s some helpful tips from RICS if you are affected:-
Already this month we have seen the wettest ‘November’ day on record and more flooding in Cumbria. River levels are high and more bad weather is on the way, the Met Office have warned of more localised flooding to the area.
With flood warnings issued, homes and businesses are at risk and lives are in danger.
The government’s flood minister has signalled that flood protection will escape the worst of the cuts in the comprehensive spending review, the details of which will be announced on 20 October.
Environment minister Richard Benyon told a Conservative Party conference fringe event on flooding, held on Tuesday by the ABI, that flood defences were viewed as a priority.
If you have suffered a flood you will know how devastating and distressing it is. Brewsters have extensive first hand experience in dealing with flood related insurance claims, most recently those in Hull and Gloucester in 2007.
There are steps you can take to help prevent flooding from damaging your home by fitting flood resistant measures such as flood guards to your property and using flood resilient materials such as water resistant plaster.
‘FLOODWALL’ provides an inexpensive flood-defence system which will not only offer you flood protection but also help you acquire sensibly priced insurance cover, normal premiums and minimal excess.
For a video demonstration and to find out more, visit www.floodwall.uk.com
Yesterday’s torrential rainfall brought parts of Merseyside and Wirral to a standstill causing chaos on the roads and serious water damage to many homes.
Knee deep in water, residents were being evacuated from their homes as rainwater mixed with sewage filled the streets.
Brewsters have extensive experience in project managing flood damage claims from beginning to end with overall emphasis on getting the homeowner back into their property as quickly as possible.
Our team of experts are ready to assist and co-ordinate any aspect of flood restoration work and have the added advantage of a structural engineering background.
Call us now on 0800 027 5130 to speak to a structural engineer for advice on how we can help.
With over 7% of residential properties in England and Wales located in areas at risk from flooding, RICS have published a really useful guide on how to deal with flood damage to your property and more importantly, where to go for advice, here are the RICS 10 Top Tips:-
Reading through this month’s edition of housebuilder & developer this unique product stood out from the rest.
Those of you who have been unlucky enough to experience the devastating effects of flooding know only too well that we can’t rely on national flood defences being implemented in time. (more…)
As Cumbria counts the cost of the damage, the UK is under a new flood alert following heavy rain over the last few days.
At the moment, the number of affected properties is unknown but is surely set to increase with more rain forecast in the next few days.