Recover from the Effects of Climate Change with these Flood Damage Tips
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The UK has been battered by extreme weather conditions, the worst of which has been flooding. 2007 saw the worst floods in 60 years, which was followed in 2016 with the worst in 100 years. Studies have shown that these can be traced back to climate change, that over 95% of international scientists agree is caused by mankind. With an uncertain future it is important that you prepare yourself to tackle flooding.
You Can’t Ever Completely Prepare
Unless your home has been custom built to withstand a flood, you could be at risk anywhere in the country- although some regions are more at risk of flooding. Floods can hit at any time, and the more warning you have, the more you can do to prepare. The UK Government may be slashing funding for flood prevention, but it does at least offer a flood warning service. This allows you to get to safety and move as many of your possessions as high in your home as possible. The Environment Agency informed the BBC that there are so many entry points into your home that it is almost impossible to ensure that you completely stop them all. There are, however, ways to minimise the damage when the worst happens.
Minimising Flood Damage
Flood preparation is not easy and it requires considerable work. Firstly, flood preventers such as sandbags provide minimal help. Doors need to be fitted with proper flood barriers in order to truly restrict the flow of water. Even these barriers won’t completely work. The aim of this preparation is not to prevent your home from being flooded, but to ensure that once the waters have receded you can return to your home as soon as possible.
Some steps are easy such as moving electrical sockets and all electrical items much higher on the wall. Others are practical – all chipboard and MDF should be replaced with plastic, stainless steel, granite or even solid wood. Some things are relatively simple such as tiling floors and using rugs rather than carpeting, or ensuring that all valuable are on high shelves. The Environment Agency reports that on average it take 9 months for people to return to their homes after a flood. By being prepared and taking appropriate steps this time can be slashed. To know when it is safe to return, invest in a high quality hygrometer to monitor the level of dampness in your home.
One in six homes are at risk of flooding. As climate change continues to proceed unabated it is unlikely that we are going to see any improvement in our risk of flooding until the UK tips over to an arid climate. Warmer air holds more moisture and, as an island, the UK is surrounded by plenty of water to evaporate into the air. With the experts telling us that not only is climate change to blame for the worst of our flooding, but also that we are to blame for climate change, the time for action is now. Make your preparations for floods but also join UKYCC now and tell those in power that the time for action on our environment has long since passed. Tell them we need real change now.
Written by Lucy Wyndham
Lucy got caught up in Hurricane Irma last year and found it to be a terrifying experience. Lucy is a freelance writer and content editor, and has recently started working with a site that reviews weather stations.
The views of the author do not reflect those of UKYCC as a whole.