As we approach Winter, Quadra’s plans are at an advanced stage for the likelihood of further surge events following the widespread flooding experienced in the North of the country last year. The importance of advanced planning was borne by last year’s events when at one point in December we received the same level of new loss instructions in 2 days as we would normally expect in 2 weeks. The Quadra surge plan was implemented, loss adjusters were deployed to the affected areas from Southern Region and additional support staff were drafted into our Manchester office.
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As has been widely reported in response to the floods the government announced they would implement a National Flood Resilience Review conducted by the Department of the Environment which has concluded that:
- The government will now plan for 20 – 30% more `extreme downpours` than before.
- 530 `critical infrastructure sites` have been identified with Utility Companies pledging to have new protection in place by the end of the year
- The Environment Agency will invest £12.5 million in temporary flood barriers, mobile water pumps, and incident command vehicles in time for the coming winter
Whilst the review has received a mixed response from commentators it is obvious that the Government now recognises the increased risk of future flooding and the level of devastation that can be caused.
There will doubtless be further interest in the media as to the risk and possible causes of flooding and the adequacy or otherwise of the measures that are being taken. In the meantime our planning review will ensure that we are able to offer and maintain the same high level of service to our clients as we did last year.
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