Stay aware of flood risk this winter

Today’s breaking news once again brings the threat of flood to the forefront of concerns for home-owners this winter, as reports suggest that the UK is set to face a winter that will rival the major storms of 2013, with the Met Office’s warning of an expected foot and a half of rain over the next 3 months.

Timely, with these worrying revelations, the Environment Agency as well as the Know Your Flood Risk campaign are striving to raise awareness of the risks through a variety of schemes and new technologies. The main focal point of the Environment Agency’s campaign is the “#floodaware” initiative that is targeted at home-owners and businesses, and will run up until the 13th November.

With these concerning statistics, the overall goal is to raise alertness across the country to increase preparation and limit risk. Home-owners are urged to sign up to their free flood warning service, particularly those located in high-risk areas and can sign up to this service at Gov.uk.

In the longer term there have also been calls this week by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) for property search websites to provide more upfront information to potential buyers about risk such as flood – a claim that has been backed by a survey which found that 9 out of 10 people felt that flood risk information should be included in alongside property information. While this would clearly be a positive step for the future, in the meantime the ABI recommends that all Solicitors and Licensed Conveyancers check the flood risk of any property on behalf of a buyer and that a full report is ordered even if the risk may be low.

At SearchFlow we already help you take that first step in analysing the threat of flood, as our online ordering platform will instantly flag to the user any flood risk that may require a specific search.

This article was submitted to be published by SearchFlow as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Conveyancer. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Conveyancer.

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