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Homeowners fear floods but fail to protect their property

Homeowners are concerned about the threat of flooding but many are confused about what steps to take to avoid their property being damaged, says Norwich Union.

NU questioned 2,200 adults around the UK last month, including 1,200 residents in what are classified as high-risk flood areas, and found that one in five people knows someone who has been affected by flooding.

However, NU found that 90 per cent of homeowners in the areas most at risk from flooding have not taken even the simplest steps to protect their property, such as moving valuables upstairs, and do know what measures they should take.

Three-quarters of these 1,200 residents in flood-risk areas say they have no flood defences in place or planned for the future to protect their property.

Nearly 70 per cent of people around the country do not think flood defences provide adequate protection and 77 per cent are worried that the Government has not done enough about flooding in the past year.

To help avoid confusion and really understand the risk of flooding, 90 per cent of people say more information should be made available to potential homebuyers. One in five people in high-risk flood areas have or would consider joining a local action group to lobby the Government about flooding.

NU head of property underwriting John Smeaton says: “Britain needs to adapt to the danger of flooding because the scale of the problem in recent years has escalated to unprecedented levels.”

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