Are your clients’ homes at risk from flooding?

Free mobile app launched from Know Your Flood Risk aims to help homeowners, property purchasers and professionals quickly identify potential risk

With the Met Office predicting wetter-than-average conditions for December and January, and many parts of the UK recovering from the arrival of the recent &rsquoweather bomb’ gales, the team at Know Your Flood Risk has announced the launch of a free-to-download Flood Risk mobile app. This has been designed to help conveyancers and home owners quickly assess whether certain property is at potential risk of flooding.

With the government pledging to publish more flood-related information to the wider public to improve the quality of public-focused services, the Flood Risk app, which is available to download from iTunes, provides an accurate view of current flood risk using a range of data sources.

The app lets conveyancers input their client’s postcode, where it will immediately assess the potential risk of flooding within a 25m zone of the given location. The data is taken from Landmark Information Group’s ‘Know Your Flood Risk®’ report, which uses current data sources from the National Flood Risk Assessment (NaFRA), the Environment Agency and surface water flooding data from JBA Consulting.

Mary Dhonau, Chief Executive of the Know Your Flood Risk campaign said: “Having been flooded on several occasions, I can personally vouch that being flooded is an absolutely appalling experience! Flood risk is not an issue just for those that live by the sea or near a river, but can affect homes as a result of surface water flooding, which many people don’t expect or plan for. I therefore urge everyone to take a look at the app so they can instantly see whether they may be considered at risk.  Forewarned is forearmed, therefore if you know your flood risk, you can plan prepare and take moves to protect against it.”

As well as providing a mapped view of a location’s flood risk, the Flood Risk app also provides access to live UK Flood Warnings from the Environment Agency, in addition to access to a free ‘Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Resilience’. This Guide offers practical advice on how your clients can prevent and protect their home from flooding. It is also possible to purchase a detailed Flood Risk Report via the app, should you require a more detailed analysis of your conveyancing clients’ property flood risk.

According to the Environment Agency, approximately 5.2 million properties in England – which equates to one in every six properties – is at risk of flooding. Of these, 2.4 million properties are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea, while a further 2.8 million properties are considered vulnerable to surface water flooding.

The Know Your Flood Risk Campaign provides consumers and property professionals with a range of resources to help them prepare for, or mitigate the risk of flooding. For more information, visit www.knowyourfloodrisk.co.uk.

To download the app, click on: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id941612469.

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