New report details what steps can be taken to manage flood risk

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The Sleaford-based Lincolnshire Community Foundation has produced a new report on how to minimise the impact of flooding, stressing the need to put effective plans in place.

It comes in light of such incidents as a freak surge of the Black Sluice Dyke which swept away the bridge and swamped property in Aswarby in June 2012 and the flooding of 700 houses in Boston at the start of December.

Gordon Hunter from The Lincolnshire Community Foundation says some of their case studies are still in rented or hotel accommodation.

He said: “These traumatic and expensive episodes are becoming a common occurrence.

“Have we recognised the risks and planned accordingly?”

The report reveals 16 per cent of UK households are in flood risk areas.

However, the figure for Lincolnshire is 29 per cent and for the most deprived 45 per cent.

Titled Flood Risk, Impact and Response, it proposes distribution of flood packs including: flood-proof doors; rapid response to flash floods, delivering pumps within 12 hours; better planning and building regulations (taking account of flood risk); a ‘resistance and resilience’ approach, sponsored and rewarded by the insurers.

The report has been passed on to the relevant authorities to take action.