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Property Flood Resilience Workshop

Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Hull Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull HU1 2AA
RTPI Yorkshire

This interactive inter-professional workshop will explore and consider what the challenges and barriers are to help prevent flooding and the tools needed for flood resistance to properties.

In a series of morning workshops and presentations, attendees will gain knowledge and discuss what tools, training, behaviour change, technology and education is required to help deliver adaptable and resilient homes and businesses. Lunch is included at this free event. 

This workshop will take place in partnership with Hull City Council, Defra, the Environment Agency and a number of Local Authorities.

Draft workshop Agenda

  • Introduction to the level of flood risk and the implications of climate change;
  • Workshop session 1- blockers around property level flood resilience- themes explored will be behaviour, costs, maintenance, lack of financial incentive, understanding, and lack of suppliers.
  • Presentation about types of property flood resilience available and the pathfinder;
  • Workshop session 2- what tools, training and demo products would help built-environment professionals in their roles and networks to help deliver flood resilience

The climate is changing with rising tides and increased intense, localised, heavy rainfall.  All of this leads to more frequent and more damaging floods.  Whilst flood defences such as walls and pumping stations for tidal and river flooding can be improved, there is a limit to what can be achieved to provide an acceptable level of resilience and resistance. 

The nature of intense localised rainfall causing flash flooding from surface water means that individuals need to take responsibility in ensuring they can adapt and manage flood risk.

The Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, which is made up of the 14 Lead Local Flood Authorities in Yorkshire, have been successful in bidding for some Defra pathfinder funding. 

The purpose of the funding is to increase the knowledge, skills and take up of property flood resilience.  This includes the design and construction of new development and retrofitting flood proofing on existing. 

Property Flood Resilience covers a wide range of issues such as: 

  • Flood resilient design
  • products such as flood doors, barriers, waterproof membranes includes
  • technology such as sensors for flood warnings, SMART water butts
  • Blue/green infrastructure such as sustainable drainage, paving drives with appropriate permeable materials and community green space