Environmental cost of flooding

A flooded home in Appleby - Fully-funded places on a course on retrofitting for flood resilienceFor those who’ve witnessed the devastating floods in Cumbria in recent years, few will forget the sight of households’ belongings piled up in skips outside their homes, soon followed by sodden plasterboards and fittings as refurbishment began. It’s clear that flooding has caused a huge amount of waste, along with other environmental costs – from drying out homes to building works.

CAfS wanted to understand more about these environmental costs of flooding for households and how they could be reduced.

We commissioned research into this during the summer 2017, carried out for us by URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design) Ltd, as part of the ‘Rebuilding Together’ project, which aims to increase the resilience and sustainability of communities and third-sector organisations across Cumbria.

URBED looked at what happens after a flood event and what drives decisions about the initial response, strip out, drying and refurbishment.

Their findings have now been published in a comprehensive report, which you can read below:

Environmental cost of flooding report