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Droitwich Flood Insurance

DROITWICH FLOOD INSURANCE – Exercise Watermark

Droitwich is the location for Exercise Watermark today, a town badly affected by floods in 2007. Automatic flood defences have been installed which are automatically triggered by rising water, though a spokesman for the company flood insurance for properties in droitwichsaid that more measures were required as the flood risk increases.

Exercise Watermark is designed to give the emergency services practice at flood rescue drills, coordinating responses and seeing where deficiencies lie.

With the almost universal acceptance of climate change, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions, flooding of major towns in the UK is no longer just theoretical. Historical evidence and recent events show it to be a real and dangerous threat to property and people.

Although the Government discussed increased spending on flood prevention measures to help the insurance companies provide flood insurance cover, due to the economic recession and planned budget cuts it looks like the insurance companies can no longer rely on this, and have decided that thousands of properties situated on flood plains will no longer be insurable through them.

It is here that a specialist insurance broker is needed to find those companies that are willing and able to take on the risk.

Sutton on Sea | Flood insurance for Lincolnshire

Flood Insurance for Sutton on Sea in Lincolnshire

Sutton on Sea has seen its fair share of flooding in the past, with homes and businesses ruined by water damage on this Eastern coastal town. This week sees a major exercise taking place in Sutton on Sea as emergency services practice for what some see as a flood waiting to happen. The last time Sutton on Sea was flooded action was taken to reinforce the flood defences but at the time of this exercsie the fear is that the proposed cuts in Governement expediture on flood prevention measures will have a devastating effect on local life.

 The press have already broadcast the problems that homeowners and businesses are having getting flood insurance for thier properties and Channel 4 News reports the following:

“Under an agreement known as the statement of principles, which is due to end in 2013, insurance companies promised to provide cover for properties which are at severe risk of flooding. But the deal requires the Government to increase investment in flood defences, a promise which critics say is threatened by planned cuts.”

And MP Diana Johnson tells Channel 4 News: “The insurance market is practically closed in Hull.”

Flood insurance needs the attention of a specialist broker. Click the banner on the right to get a quote for flood insurance where you live.

Operation Watermark

Flooding in London, West Yorkshire and Devon and Cornwall.

Operation Watermark swings into action this week with emergency services practicing drills and exercises to prepare them for a major flood event.

It see the scenario of London, parts of Wales , Yorkshire and the west country being submerged under several feet of flood water, people trapped and requiring rescue services to assist, loss of water supplies and power cuts.

One-and-a-half million people are at risk of flooding from the Thames and its tributaries like the River Lea, as far inland as Old Ford and Hackney Wick.

In the exercise the Isle of Dogs, Wapping, Limehouse, Poplar and Blackwall are all submerged, along with Canning Town, West Ham, Silvertown and Becton.

The scenarios will help ensure the 70,000 homes and businesses in Kent at risk of flooding can be evacuated in time in the event of a real-life emergency.

With the major cuts in the implementation of flood defences it means the emergency services will be hard pressed to deal with the same kind of flooding we all saw in 2007, and given that the UK home insurance companies were relying on the Government to see theses flood defence plans through to the end, it leaves them now with no option but to further restrain the issuing of flood insurance for millions of UK homes and businesses.

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