Following the devastating floods of the winter, we’ve been helping lots of people and businesses with their flood insurance claims. It’s now fantastic to see them going back into their properties and getting their lives back on track.
In the wake of the floods, the Government initiated a review which has now been published. The National Flood Resilience Review was set up to assess how the country could be better protected from future flooding and increasing extreme weather. Its findings have met with some criticism.
The Review commits £12.5m to new temporary flood defences, which will mean there will be four times as many temporary flood barriers in place. It also recommends firstly that utility companies increase the protection of key local infrastructure, and secondly that there is improved risk modelling and stress testing of rivers and the sea.
According to BBC News, however, the press release announcing the results of the Review fails to mention a key finding: apparently there are 530 important infrastructure sites across England –such as water supplies and electricity networks – which are still vulnerable. It also reports experts as saying the temporary flood defences are just ‘sticking plaster’ and that towns such as Carlisle and Leeds would be no better protected than they were last year. They say that the new temporary barriers would not hold back the 2m of flood water experienced during the terrible winter flooding – and the Met Office warns that storms like last winter could bring even greater amounts of water.
The only other hope is that more homes will be fitted with the latest protection systems. In the meantime, we’ll continue helping people if they do get flooded to get them back into their homes and businesses as quickly as possible.