Southwark has most properties ‘at risk’ of flooding says study

Admin (18 February, 2015) Housing Environment

Over 70,000 homes in the borough are at danger according to insurance firm

504A map showing ‘at risk’ areas

Southwark has more properties in danger of flooding than any other borough in London, a study has revealed.

There are 73,599 homes which have been flagged up as ‘at risk’, according to insurance company Groundsure.

This accounts for 46% of all homes in Southwark, the third highest percentage in the capital.

Dan Montagnani, managing director at Groundsure, said: “We all remember the human stories from flooding that everybody wants to avoid. Insurance is essential but it can’t replace those precious photos or months of disruption while your home dries out.

“It is essential that you consider the history of flooding in the area you are thinking of buying a home – not just from rivers but also how the land and sewer systems have coped with sudden deluges.”

Groundsure describes homes as ‘at risk’ if there is a 1-in-a-1000 chance of flooding in any given year.

Southwark has suffered from flooding events in 1984, 2004 and 2007, with the Herne Hill and Dulwich areas particularly affected.

Other boroughs in danger are Hammersmith and Fulham and Newham. Over half of the homes in each of the two boroughs are at risk, with 59,632 in Hammersmith and Fulham and 39,665 in Newham.

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