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Weather trends make flooding more likely

19 December 2022

It’s an increasingly common sight for all of us either in the news media or on our own doorsteps.  More and more, we hear stories about areas of the UK receiving huge amounts of rain in a very short period of time, leading to rising water levels and sometimes flash floods as the sewers and rivers struggle to cope.  In turn this means an increasing number of UK homes are at risk of flooding and all of the damage, cost and upheaval that goes with it.

In general, it seems to be widely accepted that weather patterns have become more extreme and unpredictable which means floods can now occur at times of the year when we would historically never have expected them.  Both the Met Office and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have indicated that there will be more extreme rainfall in the future.

In addition to rainfall, meting snow can also result in large quantities of water in a short period of time if temperatures change rapidly.  If rain or snow melt leads to more water arriving on already waterlogged ground, this will also make flooding more likely.

Flood risk analysis shows that 4 out of every 10 businesses that suffer from a severe flooding event never reopen and that the risk of flooding to UK households is now higher than burglary.  Whilst there are plenty of measures we can take to reduce the risk of burglary, preventing flooding may seem an almost impossible task.

While some areas of the country do benefit from major flood prevention projects or have temporary barriers along river banks, many householders and business owners feel powerless to mitigate the risk to their homes and businesses.

The good news is that the new Floodmatik flood barrier will soon be available to protect properties without any need for power or manual intervention.  If you would like to know more about Floodmatik, or register interest in purchasing, then please use the contact form on our website; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow our Linked In page.