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Hydro Cleansing assesses Storm Desmond

Experts have estimated that Storm Desmond has already caused an estimated £500m worth of damage, with over 5,000 homes in Cumbria alone affected by flood damage. With more rain falling in the past 24 hours, local residents and businesses are yet again facing further chaos and disruption today. The town of Glenridding is underwater yet again, with a reported 66mm of rain falling, overwhelming rivers and leaving the town’s residents stranded.

Clean up efforts have been ongoing in the worst affected areas including Carlisle, Keswick and Cockermouth. However, many households are still without power and thousands of local residents are facing the possibility that their homes will not be ready to live in until the New Year.

With local authorities overwhelmed by the scale of the damage, Hydro Cleansing are providing support to the community in Cumbria by sending complimentary Road Sweepers and Tankers with crews from our depot in Croydon. Our volunteers have headed to the worst affected areas to removing large quantities of silt and mud that can cause further flooding if it is allowed to enter the drainage systems.

For the last few days we have been working alongside Cumbria County Council, DEFRA, the Police and the Army, utilising the experience we gained during the 2014 floods in the South of England, to ensure the best possible assistance is given.

With more rain expected in the next few days, along with snowfall and strong winds, emergency services have advised local residents to not take any risks around flood waters. A spokesman for the Cumbria Police has urged the public “not to approach or go near any flood water as it is extremely fast flowing and can be a threat to people’s lives”.

Please call us on 0800 740 888 for immediate assistance or visit www.hydro-cleansing.com for live chat.

Why flood maps are important

Flood maps are very beneficial

 

Have you ever travelled to a new city or country and wondered how to find your bearings? A few years ago, I had to leave the confines of my comfort zone to ask a stranger for step-by-step directions to my destination. With the emergence of apps like Google Maps, we are suddenly looking like residents in a foreign destination, we no longer ask for directions as we regularly glance at our smartphones or tablet devices for automatic updates from our maps.

Maps are important in life. We need a guide or a prompt to make the right decisions. This is also important in the area of flooding. Flooding has become a problem in the UK and also the USA with places like New Orleans, Oklahoma and Texas. Whilst maps may not always be able to accurately predict the future of a flood occurring, it does provides rich historical data, which helps us gain a better understanding of the areas that are at risk of flooding.

The Environmental agency provides a rich array of data in the form of a map, which expresses places that are at risk of flooding. This data indicates the number of places that are at risk of being flooded in each parliamentary constituency. The Environmental agency also provides a historic flood map that indicates the maximum extent of past flooding. Like Robert Kiyosaki stated: “The best way to predict the future is to study the past or prognosticate.” A flood map, therefore, helps us to understand the past in a bid to predict the future.

The flood map comprises of variables such as historic flooding, homes at risk of flooding, flood defences, homes at risks from coastal erosion and flood pictures. A more accurate flood map is believed to be beneficial to individuals, communities and society at large. It is believed that flood maps are used approximately 30 million times a year by government institutions, insurance agents, land developers, community planners, property owners and a host of others.

Google map has helped us a great deal in life, by providing direction in moments of confusion. In the same regard, a flood map provides us with insights when we are considering buying, developing or renting a property.

At Hydro Cleansing, we have an extensive experience in flooding. We deliver a wide range of services that encompasses and deals with every stage of flooding. You can contact our hotline on 0800 740 8888 for expert advice.

 

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