Property Level Resilience: experience from Cumbria

In 2017 we published a piece of research into the Environmental Cost of Flood Recovery, and began to suggest how such costs might be reduced following future flood events. Property Level Protection or Resilience (PLR) is integral to this, impacting on the degree of cleaning, stripping, drying out and reinstatement required during flood recovery. However, we found that resilience measures are rarely considered nor integrated at an appropriate time. The interviews we conducted with householders and professionals also alluded to concerns over the suitability and effectiveness of some PLR measures installed.

This research is an attempt to describe the Cumbrian experience of Property Level Resilience, with a particular focus on the December 2015 flood events. In it we explore the grant process and timeline, the implications of this for householders, issues around quality and the supply chain, effectiveness and the insurance industry. We touch on wider developments within the flooding sector such as the National Property Level Resilience Action Plan, associated Round table activities and changes to the insurance scheme 'FloodRe'.

Once our report is finalised it will be available for download on this page. 

 

This research was commissioned by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) as part of the Big Lottery funded Rebuilding Together project. This wider programme aims to increase the resilience and sustainability of communities and third sector organisations across Cumbria. 

Image: Corporation Road, in the Rickergate area of Carlisle © Rose and Trev Clough (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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