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Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 8:18 pm    Post subject: Flood defences and resilience.  Reply with quote    

Following the floods I have little doubt there will spring up no end of people calling themselves Flood Resilience Consultants and some of those will be cowboys, so I am wondering what we know here about what is available and what does or does not work?

I have seen some unlikely looking devices that I can well believe work well, and others that look good at first glance, but I don't put much faith in.

Ty Gwyn



Joined: 22 Sep 2010
Posts: 4193
Location: Lampeter
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you elaborate on these devices,or where to see them?

Old George has his foot in the door already in the consultancy field.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33978
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.floodprotectionsolutions.co.uk

http://www.globalfloodsolutions.com/

We talked to the top guys when we felt damp, but the insurance company didn't want offer any discount, or assistance, so we didn't invest. We went down a different, more reliable route of being properly insured and having hard floors, with the ability to lift most things up.

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw a very interesting proposal for the Foss which involved rerouting & culverting the main river channel in York via the route of the wall, which could be demolished to make a street...

...it was some time ago, but still.

That said, they did demolish the walls in Hull to build the docks along the same alignment.

Hairyloon



Joined: 20 Nov 2008
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Location: Today I are mostly being in Yorkshire.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
http://www.floodprotectionsolutions.co.uk

http://www.globalfloodsolutions.com/


Thanks for those.

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We went down a different, more reliable route of being properly insured and having hard floors, with the ability to lift most things up.

I took the route of living on high ground, but many of the people here simply couldn't get insurance, and it is still a bugger to have your business shut down for six months, even if the insurance does cover it.
Also I understand that the water came up so quick that most people would not have had time to lift much.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33978
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 16 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Aye, we are where we are, tho. The water comes up every year, sometimes close, sometimes not so much, but it takes days, so we do have the luxury of time. We took the decision that flood defences, physically would probably do more harm than good; we'd have to take down very old, pleasant walls, to complete a barrier, and given the house sits on mud, there's every suggestion the water would come up through the floor and be inside the barriers.

It's used to be illegal to refuse insurance. I suspect that'll turn up again, although, of course, it will cost.

As with all flood prevention measures, there is not one solution that fits all.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6501
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 16 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A lot of Cornwall floods, and unfortunately a lot of people dont have insurance.
When we moved here, we deliberately looked for somewhere on higher ground.....

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