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Landowners have 'big role to play' in flood-risk action, says CLA

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan, released today (October 28), hopes to help people better protect their homes from risk of flooding and be less vulnerable to the physical and emotional impacts. 


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CLA says landowners have big role to play in flood-risk management

A new action plan hopes to help people better protect their homes from flooding

The Government has today (October 28) released a new report which will help people better protect their homes and businesses from risk of flooding, and recover more quickly if the worst happens.

 

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan is an established strategy to enable better uptake of resilience measures for properties at high flood risk.

 

The report comes after ‘catastrophic’ floods earlier this year, following a record high of rainfall over a single day.

 

Over 17,000 homes were flooded and the cost of damage was estimated at around £1.3 billion.

 

CLA director of policy Christopher Price said landowners have a ‘big role to play’, and the benefits of change in flood-risk are ‘immense’.

 

"We welcome this report,” Mr Price said. “Businesses and homeowners across rural England and Wales live with the reality of flood risk.

 

“It is a significant worry and one that we must tackle on a multitude of ways.”

 

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"We will work with government and the industry to ensure that these initiatives to promote advice and help individual property owners are used to ensure rural property owners can be better prepared for flood incidents,” said Mr Price.

 

"We will continue to press for reform in how we manage land within water catchments that are prone to flooding.”

 

Chairman of the report Dr Peter Bonfield said the plan would encourage resilience measures and better highlight the need of property level resilience (PLR) to make people and their property less vulnerable to the physical and mental impacts of flooding.

 

“The Action Plan will help to give people and businesses the means to reduce the chances of their lives and livelihoods being disrupted by flooding.

 

“This is about both stopping the floodwaters getting in, and speeding recovery when it does.”

 

The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan was a collaboration between central government, the Environment Agency, insurers, surveyors, materials producers, the legal profession and flood action groups.

 

For more information, visit: www.centre4resilience.org/


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