Survey reveals lack of flood protection among businesses

Research conducted at Salford University among businesses in Cockermouth, Cumbria, following floods in 2009 has found that very few have taken flood protection measures — despite an average 1,750 per cent rise in insurance excesses being reported among the businesses surveyed.

The research team, from the university’s Centre for Disaster Resilience, is now urging businesses to make greater use of trained professionals such as chartered surveyors who can recommend effective mitigation and prevention methods for their facilities.

Of the businesses that had implemented at least one measure, the most common action was to review insurance. Comparatively, only 11 per cent had installed flood-resilient wall finishes and a similarly low percentage had moved stock and equipment above floor level.