Since 2001 there have been more than 220,000 cases of subsidence in the UK
The last time I wrote a blog for The Independent I was sat on a sagging mattress in a dingy, damp hotel room in Metro Manila, eating a dubious pot noodle (the restaurants were closed), and hoping against hope that the internet might just hold up just long enough for me to file my copy – it didn’t of course, and I had to dictate it all over a crackly phone line which took infinitely longer than it should have done. It was August 7th 2012, the day a tropical monsoon downpour caused devastating flooding in the densely-populated city, which affected more than 1.2 million people.
Vulnerability to flooding is about social context, not just physical environment
Flood damage causes an average of £17,000 worth of damage per incident
Homeowners may be unable to obtain flood insurance
Have you checked if your potential new home his at risk from flooding – or other environmental disasters. And if there is a risk, what can you do about it? Our Online House Hunter rounds-up the websites that can help.
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