Rain Rain go away!
It’s been almost 14 years since the last flooding in Uckfield but the image of a boat sailing past Boots at the junction of the High Street and Bell Lane remains in many minds. In spring this year much of the country suffered from flooding. Uckfield was spared this time.
Flooding is an increasing threat. In recognition of this there is now an EC Directive which means that member states had to produce flood hazard and risk maps by the end of 2013 and by the end of 2015 must have a flood risk management plan in place.
That’s all very well but in practical terms what can land owners do to protect themselves from the risk?
Firstly; the obvious one: make sure you have insurance cover and if necessary speak to an insurance broker to make sure you are getting the best deal in respect of this risk.
Secondly; if you’re thinking of buying a property there is more information available (due partly to the EC Directive) on the risk of flooding. An environmental search and a drainage search will indicate whether there is potential for flooding. If there is get a more detailed flood risk report.
Thirdly; another obvious one make sure your drains are kept properly maintained. Uckfield will never be at risk of coastal flooding but is vulnerable to river and surface water flooding both of which are driven by rainfall.
The 2007 summer floods were worsened by surface water flooding – where rain couldn’t drain quickly enough. Concrete and tarmac on the ground creates an impermeable surface which stops the rain from draining away. Bear in mind you can no longer lay new drives or hardstanding as of right and now need to get planning permission for this.
If you have any questions regarding how you can protect your land or property, please get in contact with me.