Looking for a new pad to call home? If you’d rather not swim through your front door, avoid these risky areas.
Most first home checklists include things like ‘must have a window in the bathroom’ (nobody enjoys a mouldy bathroom), or ‘must have good transport links but not be so close that I feel like I’m sleeping on the Central line’, but people often forget to check how likely it is that their new home will flood. Then when it starts pissing it down, they’re lugging the contents of their whole house up the stairs and spending half of their wages on sand bags. Don’t let this be you!
London areas with the highest risk of flooding are… (drumroll)… Hammersmith and Fulham!
A new study was completed by environmental risk consultancy Groundsure, and according to their census and Environment Agency data, 60 percent of the whole borough is at risk of flooding. Yikes!
As you may expect, the main threat comes from being so close to the Thames, but avoiding the river isn’t going to save you from flood risk. Oh no. There are plenty of other London areas just as vulnerable to flash floods after heavy rain.
Newham is another risky area with nearly 40 percent of homes at risk. Then there’s Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham with really high numbers of houses at risk.
So what does this research really mean? Well, homes that are considered ‘at risk’ of floods have a one in 1,000 risk of flooding each year. So while there’s no guarantee that these areas will transform into giant lidos when the weather gets grim, it is something worth being aware of. Homes with the highest risk have a one in 30 chance, which is definitely something to keep in mind.
The Thames barrier has been relied on much more recently and apparently the protection it offers London is going to gradually reduce over the years.
So remember to check out your flood risk guys, and if you are in a high risk area, as of April 1 most of you will be able to get your home insured at a more affordable price with the government’s Flood Re initiative, which subsidises some of the cost.
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