Unfortunately there is an Essex County Council “fly in the ointment,” residences will have to have been flooded before and proof is required. It appears the rationale used is the Canute Theory, if your house didn’t get flooded in the Past, it won’t get flooded in the Future!
“Grant recipients will be residential homeowners who have been flooded internally within the past three years from ordinary watercourse, groundwater and surface water flooding and can provide demonstrable evidence of the impact of the flooding event.”
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…
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