MAPS TO SHOW DRAIN DANGERS
11:21 - 28 January 2008
The Environment Agency is planning to draw up maps that
show areas where drains are unable to cope with high levels of rainfall.
The extra information is something the Association of
British Insurers (ABI) has been calling for since last June when the city
was flooded because of inadequate drainage systems.
Currently, the Environment Agency is only required to produce maps showing
areas at risk from river flooding.
However, the organisation today confirmed it is in talks with the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) about drawing up flooding
models that highlight areas where pluvial flooding is a problem, such as
The Environment Agency said the maps will be used to highlight areas which
need increased funding.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "The maps would help the
bodies responsible for flooding do something about it.
"It is too early to say when the maps will be produced, we want to ensure
they are as accurate and provide as much information as possible, so we do
not want to put a timescale on them."
Today, the ABI said insurers would use the information from the maps to help
Malcolm Tarling, of the ABI, said: "The insurance industries do not want to
use these maps as a way of jacking up premiums, but at the same time the
industry has to set a premium that reflects the risk they are being asked to
"If the risk gets worse it has to be reflected in the price. However, we
have every intention of offering flood insurance to all areas of the
"We have called for Government to re-assess the data it collects.
"We want to see all the risks being taken into account and not just areas
that are at risk from river flooding.
"Last summer 50 per cent of damage was exaggerated by inadequate drainage
systems but until now we have not had any data about drainage in the UK.
"It is important this data is made available to property owners so they can
take steps to reduce the risk and lobby Government to improve draining, but
before you start to do that you need to have accurate data."
Today residents called on the Government to use the information on the maps
Tony Peterson, 61, of Seaton Road, Hessle, said "I appreciate the
information, but I want the Government to do something about it.
"Residents do not want to be living in fear, so if Hull is highlighted on
this map it needs to be used as a tool to get something done.
"It's no good these maps being drawn up and not being acted on."
Many residents in East Yorkshire have complained of rising premiums and
being shortlisted by insurers following last summer's floods. Last August,
the Mail launched its Play Fair campaign, calling on insurance companies to
provide reasonable cover for homes across the region.