Norwich Flooding Report Published

A report has been published by Norfolk County Council into the causes behind the 2014 floods in Norwich and Broadland that affected some 80 homes, which the best property agents Norwich has available may wish to bring to the attention of their clients.

Internal flooding was sustained in numerous homes after heavy rainfall, which the drainage systems struggled at times to cope with, with the situation exacerbated by a variety of factors, including the loss of drainage features like ponds, proximity to historic watercourses and a reduction in maintenance activities on drains.

It was concluded that additional funding for new drains and the prioritisation of a maintenance schedule were required. In addition, those homeowners and renters living in properties were flood risks can't be reduced sufficiently must install preventative measures like air brick covers and flood doors in order to stop water from coming in.

Chairman of the local authority's Environment, Development and Transport Committee Toby Coke said the report emphasises the need for further investment in flood defence systems, going on to add: "Surface water flooding has a real impact on communities in Norfolk. Yet the government has reduced Norfolk County Council's Lead Local Flood Authority funding by 35 per cent."

If you live in an affected area, it might be a good idea to make a flood plan in case of an emergency and stock up on sandbags. Use these alongside plastic sheeting to stop water from entering for a short period. Check with your local authority to see if they have any you can have during an emergency.

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