Flood protection Funding available, but is it appropriate for Canvey Island properties?

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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One response to “Flood protection Funding available, but is it appropriate for Canvey Island properties?

  1. The ball is now clearly left in the Essex Lead Local Flood Authority’s court, it is for them to take full responsibility for the ability of any proposed sustainable urban drainage systems SuDS regime designed to prevent off site flooding from future development proposals to actually work, and continue to function for the life time of the development. It is essential that the effects on future flooding trends due to Climate Change must be considered as part of this whole process where development of a known flood plain is deemed to be acceptable. Large areas of Canvey Island, for instance, within the not so distant future could become blighted by consistent flooding events.

    Unfortunately it would seem that properties would have to have been flooded before flood mitigating measure will be compensated for. Mitigation is a preventative measure, and there would seem to be an assumption that flooding will not happen again in areas prone to surface water issues. The let’s wait until you flood strategy seems consistent with the Emergency Flood Plan of GO-IN-STAY-IN and TUNE IN. Too little-too-late I would suggest for some.

    An obvious question seem to me is will the scheme be available for the next 100 years. A further issue is that the sufferer will be looking at larger insurance premiums or loaded excess burdens should the SuDS measures fail, or even find that their properties become uninsurable.
    The whole process of the reliance of SuDs when developing on flood plains seems to be a bit hit and miss. This could end up having huge consequences for communities who need to have their concerns listen to before being put at further flooding risk by the continuance of the over development in the flood risk areas in Castle Point.

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