Flooding—flood risk management
Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental and Burges Salmon
Flooding—flood risk management

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental and Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Flooding—flood risk management
  • Introduction to flood risk
  • Law Society practice note on flood risk
  • How is flood risk managed?
  • Identifying flood risk
  • Sources of flood risk
  • Flood searches
  • Triggers for flood risk management
  • Redevelopment
  • Property transactions
  • More...

Flooding—flood risk management

Introduction to flood risk

It has been estimated that around six million homes in the UK (approximately one in six) are at risk of flooding from one or more sources. In addition, a report published by Defra predicted this number is set to increase and identified flooding as the greatest risk posed to the UK by climate change. For more information, see News Analysis: A new era of climate change reality—a rising tide.

The impact of flood water on residents/employees occupying a site can typically include:

  1. water damage to ground floor properties

  2. water damage to garages and sheds

  3. inaccessible entry and exit points

  4. relocation to temporary housing

  5. business interruption

  6. disruption to utility services—gas, electricity, water and telephone supplies

  7. lift failures

  8. sewerage and drainage systems backing up

As a result, flood risk reporting is now typically considered as part of standard due-diligence during property transactions.

Law Society practice note on flood risk

The Law Society's practice note on flood risk highlights the importance of considering flood risk in property transactions. In addition to material implications of flooding, such risks can also result in difficulties obtaining a mortgage, insurance cover and selling a property. For further information, see Practice Note: Flooding—Law Society practice note on flood risk.

How is flood risk managed?

There are many ways in which flood risk can be managed and alleviated. The most suitable approach largely depends

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