Overcoming the barriers to installing property level flood protection: An overview of successful case studies
Lamond, J. , Dhonau, M. , Rose, C. and Proverbs, D. (2009) Overcoming the barriers to installing property level flood protection: An overview of successful case studies. In: Road Map Towards a Flood Resilient Urban Environment, Paris, France, 26th - 29th November, 2009. Paris: Urban Flood Management Cost Action Network C22
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Recent changes in the focus of flood risk management policy in the UK have led to an increased emphasis on making space for water. In the recognition that not all property at risk of flood can or will benefit from traditional engineered flood defences, the need arises to facilitate and encourage the use of property level solutions. Take up of measures by populations at risk have been low in the past and many barriers have been identified which limit adoption. A key informational deficiency is the lack of information about successful schemes. The collation of successful case studies from UK published sources and from flood protection companies, demonstrates that it is possible to design effective property level defence. Analysis of common features shows that in the majority of cases the option to keep water out of the property is preferred. However, many tried and tested flood protection schemes combine both wet proofing (resilient) and dry proofing (resistant) elements. As may be anticipated the experience of past flooding was a critical factor both in the decision to flood proof and in the choice of measures.
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