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Surveyors warn flooding getting worse

Friday, January 03 15:02:44

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has warned that there is an increasing likelihood that flooding will affect more properties in Ireland due to changing weather patterns and the amount of new buildings constructed on low lying areas in recent years.

The SCSI, which is the representative body for surveyors and estate agents, said it's estimated that between 40 and 50,000 properties are currently at risk of flooding in Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of a new guide which covers all aspects of flooding, the Society's Kevin Hollingsworth urged homeowners and prospective buyers to be aware of the risks of flooding and the damage it can cause to property.

"Flooding can cause significant damage and stress for homeowners so the publication of this guide is timely given the extreme weather conditions and flooding which are currently affecting many parts of the country. Clearly the safety of all the occupants is the first priority and that is why drawing up a flood plan in advance is key.

When flooding occurs it is very important to turn off the electricity and gas supply and to unplug any electrical items which may be covered in water, provided it is safe to do so.

It is also important that homeowners who have been affected by flooding should remove the damaged items but should not dispose of them until the loss adjuster has inspected them, where there is cover in place" Mr Hollingsworth said.

'A clear guide to Flooding' gives information on how flooding affects the value and insurability of property, explains what's involved in drawing up a flood plan, constructing flood defences and reinstating a property which has been flooded. The guide also provides a list of useful links including the OPW's dedicated website on flooding. It is available for free from the SCSI website