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    • boots_babe
    • By boots_babe 17th May 17, 12:45 PM
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    Information needed re buying house in flood risk area
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    • 17th May 17, 12:45 PM
    Information needed re buying house in flood risk area 17th May 17 at 12:45 PM
    Hi all,

    We're helping my parents to move to a bungalow, and their favourite is in a flood risk area - in terms of being zone 1, 2, 3 with 1 being the highest, it's zone 1.

    Now I know this doesn't mean it will flood, but I also know that near to me in December 2015 certain areas that had never flooded before, did, given the unprecedented rains. So it's a serious risk to consider.

    So, before deciding whether to make an offer I want to look into this more for them. Firstly I tried to find online information as to when this propery HAS flooded in the past - I've drawn a complete blank. Is there anywhere that I could find this information out?

    Secondly, where should I be looking to find information on flood protection we could put into a property? On googling I get lots of hits but all for companies that are selling things. I'm after impartial information and advice though. Does this exist anywhere?

    Sorry if the answers to these 2 questions are obvious, I can usually find what I need online but have really struggled here. My parents love this property so I want to at least look into options for them.

    Many thanks.

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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 19th May 17, 8:22 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 8:22 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 8:22 AM
    According to this page, you can email the environment agency to get the flood history of a property :


    https://www.gov.uk/check-flood-risk


    There's also a link on there called "Prepare for flooding" which gives some useful advice.


    The other point to consider - insurance. You're likely to find that getting cover in a high-risk area is very expensive indeed, and it's possible that you may struggle to get cover at all. It would be well worth while going onto one of the price comparison sites and getting some dummy quotes beforehand - you may find this influences your decision.
    Last edited by Ebe Scrooge; 19-05-2017 at 8:25 AM.
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    • boots_babe
    • By boots_babe 19th May 17, 10:29 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 10:29 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 10:29 AM
    I'd not seen that so thank you, I've just sent an email request, it says they'll reply within 20 working days. Hoping it'll be sooner though!

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