It’s said that climate change is raising the risk of flooding, will demand for equipment need to increase to keep in line with future demand?
Back in 2007 Sir Michael Pitt was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive review of the lessons that could be learned from the devastating floods which occurred that summer.
Advocating government investment in improved flood defences, more pro-active initiatives and better communication between local authorities and other agencies, as well as improved availability of information to the public about the risks and preventative measures they should take, It is regarded as one of the most wide ranging policy reviews of recent times.
With rainfall almost tropical at times and flooding being caused in many ways:
- Groundwater flooding caused when the earth is so saturated it can no longer hold water
- Tidal flooding caused by the sea and tidal rivers
- Fluvial flooding caused by rivers overflowing or bursting their banks
- Flash flooding, which is usually at its worst when drainage systems are overwhelmed by sudden rainfall and is greatly increased by the concreting and block paving of large areas of gardens and driveways.
It looks to be a risky time ahead for many communities across the UK.
“1.5% of the UK are at risk from direct flooding from the sea and about 7% of the country is likely to flood at least once a century from rivers” say the Royal Institute of British Architects. They also say ‘about 1.7m homes and 130,000 commercial properties are at risk from river or coastal flooding in England alone’, and the effects of flooding and managing flood risk cost the country about £2.2bn a year, compared with the less than £1bn spent on flood protection and management.
The Pitt review said householders need to take more responsibility for their own situation and not expect local authorities to give immediate help as they have limited budgets and will be first looking to protect those in immediate danger from possible loss of life.
The review also recommended new construction approaches such as allowing water from roofs and streets to run off and soak into the ground. Car parks to be engineered in such a way as to catch water up to kerb height. Householders should no longer as of right be able to lay impermeable surfaces to front gardens, and this directive extended to back gardens and business premises as well.
However many MP’s have complained that lack of enforcement from government has resulted in bowing to pressure from developers, building new developments on flood plains being a strong case in point.
It seems many of us are going to experience flooding at one level or another and will not always be in a situation to do anything about it. Well there may only be so much an individual can do to protect their home or business, maybe just minimise the damage that could be caused with the use of pumps, close-fitting flood boards and absorbent flood sacks or simply just try to get as much as possible out of harms way.
Individuals will be relying heavily on hire companies to help out in these situations, who in turn will hopefully have plans in place to cover such eventualities and have systems ready to be put into operation. They’ll need to know where they can access the extra equipment needed and as importantly know how to transport the equipment to the affected areas.
With scientists saying climate change is making flooding far more likely, those affected in the future will definitely be looking to these hire companies for immediate help.