Floods, while sometimes predictable, often strike unexpectedly.
The UK’s unpredictable weather exacerbates this issue, putting numerous properties at risk. In England and Wales alone, around 5 million properties face flood risk, with similar concerns in Scotland and Northern Ireland. As we have seen just this week, Storm Henk has caused severe flooding throughout the River Severn, submerging cities such as Worcester underwater.
Considering the substantial odds of a property being at risk, it’s vital to prepare for potential flooding to safeguard your business. Adequate preparation and a comprehensive flood plan are essential.
Preparing for such natural disasters isn’t about making a property completely flood-proof, but rather about minimizing risks and potential damages to your business.
Begin by consulting flood risk maps available through government websites specific to your area. These maps offer insights into long-term flood risks. Additionally, services like Floodline Warnings Direct from the Environment Agency provide free flood warnings via various communication channels, aiding in timely preparation.
According to the Environment Agency, businesses can potentially save between 20% to 90% of costs associated with lost stock due to flooding by taking proactive measures.
Once you’ve assessed the flood risk, focus on fortifying your property against water damage. Invest in and install flood boards for doors, seal floors to prevent water seepage, and fit non-return valves to drainage systems and water pipes. Installing high shelving for storing items during inevitable flooding, raising electrical components above 1.5 meters, and having a pump on the lowest level to remove floodwater are also recommended precautions.
Click here to download our flooding risks insights document. These measures help mitigate potential damage, reduce business interruptions, and protect your property during unexpected floods.