Skip to main content

Defra Press Office

Consultation launched on flood insurance and property flood resilience

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Uncategorized
A flood warning sign, on a closed country road next to water logged fields in the Avon Valley, Hampshire, England. Flooded after an extreme amount of rainfall at the start of 2014

There is widespread coverage of our announcement today that householders in flood-hit areas who install property flood resilience measures – such as flood barriers, air brick covers, and flood resistant coatings on walls – could obtain discounted insurance premiums.

Guardian coverage of flood defences

Posted by: , Posted on: - Categories: Uncategorized
Environment Agency officials pumping flood water away

Today The Guardian has reported on the condition of flood defences across England, stating that thousands of people and businesses are ‘at risk from ruined assets’. However, the article did not recognise that when defences are listed as below the required condition it does not necessarily mean that they have structurally failed, or that performance in a flood is compromised.