In a recent BBC online article, Roger Harrabin, their Environment Analyst highlighted a complex blame game scenario on responsibility for flood damage protection between insurers, local councils, Ministers and householders alike.
Some of the tensions around flood policy are revealed in an unpublicised report to government that ministers plan to launch in coming weeks. These paint a picture of how different groups all have a part to play in future proofing properties against flood damage as detailed below –
- • Insurers
who, the Environment Agency blames for failing to prepare for the increased threat of flooding by not ensuring resilience measures are put in place as part of flood restoration work.
- • Householders
Meanwhile, the insurers are also frustrated that so many people have not taken responsibility for their own homes.
An ABI spokesman told BBC News: “Across the UK there are potentially hundreds of thousands of home and business owners who would really benefit from installing resistance or resilience measures at their property.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from government to flood-proof properties – but only if they have already been flooded before. Despite this, people in high flood risk areas are not routinely installing flood-proofing measures in their own homes.
- • Government regulations
Sir Peter also says building regulations should be tightened to ensure that at-risk homes are properly protected for example by: raising plugs, fuse boxes and installation of damp-proof courses.
- • Local Government
This demand is supported by the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation also wants a bigger budget for dealing with flooding and the national flood protection programme devolved to local areas.
Rainbow lead in flood clean up and restoration
It seems clear that many parties can contribute to better future flood protection for homes and businesses.
And, with weather trends pointing to increased flooding in the future, the demand for rapid and efficient flood clean up and specialist flood restoration work from experts like Rainbow International looks set to continue.
Rainbow International works regularly with insurers, householders, businesses and local governments to provide a range of disaster recovery services following fire damage, flood damage and escape of water incidents in domestic and commercial properties.
No challenge is too great for the teams at Rainbow International. Whatever the problem, Rainbow International has a solution and have more than 65 branches across the UK, and is on average just 23 miles from any incident in the country. Find your local branch here and choose the branch-finder option which is located on every page. Alternatively, call our 24 hour helpline on 01623-422488 now to find out how Rainbow could help you following a flood, fire or accidental damage incident.