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Many Householders 'Oblivious' to Flooding Risk

Magazine article Public Finance

Many Householders 'Oblivious' to Flooding Risk

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Some five million householders in England and Wales are at risk of flooding - and as many as 41% of them are unaware of the dangers, the Environment Agency has warned.

Launching a campaign to persuade people to prepare for the worst, the agency observed that the devastating floods of autumn 2OOO damaged 10,000 properties and cost more than £1.3bn.

Chief executive Barbara Young said: 'There's a tendency for people to think "it'll never happen to me". The fact is, it could, we just don't know when. People in this country cannot afford to be complacent about flood risk.'

As the agency launched its campaign on October 12, torrential rain caused chaos in Cumbria, Wales and southern Scotland.

The Scottish Borders suffered most heavily with up to a month's worth of rain falling in Eskdalemuir in 24 hours. In the Teviot valley, the most serious of 15 flood alerts warned of 'serious risk to life and property. …

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