WIT Press


Property Level Flood Protection: A New Effective And Affordable Solution

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/FRIAR100231

Volume

133

Pages

10

Page Range

271 - 280

Published

2010

Size

1,685 kb

Author(s)

D. W. Beddoes & C. A. Booth

Abstract

Property flooding is a major problem and the risk of flooding continues to escalate. At present, the majority of property owners take no steps to mitigate future flood damage. A review of the main factors influencing the uptake of flood protection reveals property owners have the desire to act but not the ability to act. The latter involves making choices, which require knowledge, belief and finance. Unfortunately, there seems to be no choice of measures both acceptable to the property owner and also offer full property protection, which may be the main reason for a lack of uptake. A new innovative solution, known as ‘The Flexible Skirting System’ (patent GB2452423), is presented, which is a cost effective combination of resistance and resilience approaches. Compared to other flood protection measures already commercially available, the system is quick and simple to install, aesthetically acceptable, offers less disruption and is affordable. Moreover, this system is possibly the choice needed to enable property owners to make the decision to install flood protection against all routes of floodwater ingress. Keywords: flood, property, resistance, resilience, cost, solution, government grant. 1 Introduction The number of global disasters attributable to floods is increasing [1]. Concomitantly, society is beginning to experience changes in wind patterns, storm intensity, storm frequency, and rainfall [2]. Climate change, coupled with increased societal pressure to further develop on floodplains, will result in a

Keywords

flood, property, resistance, resilience, cost, solution, government grant