Some overdue funding is being made available, from the Government via Essex County Council, to homeowners who have had flood water incursion into their property’s.
From contact with the Environment Agency there is a possibility that some methods of property flood resistance may not be wholly appropriate for Canvey Island.
Canvey has a residual risk of flooding from the Estuary, in the unlikely event that this may happen, by not allowing flood water to enter properties the outer pressure, built up by the water level, may exceed the resistance strength of the structure, leading to collapse.
Let us hope that expert advice is on hand to accompany the sale of these surface water protection devices.
Hopefully, at least since the events of 2014, the Castle Point planning department and committee have been insuring that appropriate devices have been fitted during construction of new builds by developers, as otherwise it would appear a misuse of central funds.
Echo Newspaper article reads;
GRANTS to help protect homes from flooding are now available from Essex County Council.
Applications for Property Level Protection grants, of up to £5,000, can be made by homeowners on Essex County Council’s website.
People whose homes have been flooded internally in the past three years, from ordinary watercourse, groundwater and surface water flooding, and who can provide demonstrable evidence of the impact of the flooding, will be eligible.
Roger Hirst, Essex councillor responsible for environment, said: “The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance to residents who have suffered from flooding in Essex, by helping them become more resilient and resistant to future flooding.
“By providing residents with grants, we intend for them to choose the most suitable installed Property Level Protection equipment to help them to help themselves against further threat of flooding.”
Flood resistant doors, airbricks, pumps and flood safety doors can be installed with the grant money.