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
  • Brexit impact
  • 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
  • More...

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

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 updated practice note on flood risk issued on 10

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