Published on: 20 February 2020News coverage over the last few days has shown how widespread the flooding triggered by two major storm events has been on Welsh, Yorkshire and Midlands River systems. Rivers such as the Wye, Avon, Ouse, Trent, Kennet, Severn and parts of the Thames are reporting extremely high levels and some of their catchments are saturated.
We understand the current flood waters are yet to peak in some areas and more rainfall is expected. This makes it somewhat difficult to predict the impact this will have on British Marine members and navigation structures, but it is likely to affect the start of the hire season. Navigation Authority resources could be diverted to address the damage following the flooding, which in turn may impact the navigations open to our members.
These events highlight the issues of ageing navigation structures and underspend by successive Governments on the UK’s flood defences. We would encourage our members to stay safe by reading the most up-to-date information on flood warnings, which is available here.
If your business is directly affected by the flooding, please contact us directly. In the past we have been able to help some of our members by providing data quantifying the value of the boating industry.
The package announced by the Government earlier this week includes support for flooded homes and businesses. Specifically, the measures include council tax and business rates relief for those significantly affected by the flooding.
The Government has also announced that it will convene the cross-Whitehall Flood Recovery Taskforce, including environment, business and transport ministers, to provide individual areas with bespoke support and guidance.
For further information on the support available, click here.