An interesting exhibition arranged by our MP Rebecca Harris took place at the Canvey Island Fire Station on Friday last, to explain the new Flood RE insurance scheme.
In attendance was Flood RE CEO, Brendan McCafferty, to answer questions for residents.
The Flood RE scheme will help provide residents whose homes and belongings suffered from flood incidents such as occurred during the summers of 2013 and 2014 on Canvey Island.
Whereas previously those householders who suffered flooding were either quoted high renewal fees or faced extortionate excess charges, there will now be available competitive, subsidised fees and manageable excess charges through the Flood RE scheme.
Leaflets indicated that approximately 80% of insurance companies were participating in the Flood RE initiative.
All houses / dwellings are covered by the scheme.
Except ALL of those built post – 2008!
I asked whether the fact that Canvey is protected from an up to a 1 in 1000 year flood event from the Thames Estuary, or the drainage system may be able to cope with a certain level of surface water flooding, and was told categorically where dwellings built post 2008 in a Flood Zone; “No Exceptions!”
I learned from the Environment Agency that the Integrated Urban Drainage study of Canvey Island, is incomplete, more survey work is required, especially around the Dutch Village Estate area.
And yet Persimmon and Golden Circle press ahead with their proposed developments on Canvey Island!