Document warned Government before storms that homes at risk of flooding will double

Many of Britain’s flood defences are being abandoned or maintained to minimal levels because of government cuts that could leave almost twice as many households at “significant risk” within 20 years, according to a leaked document submitted to ministers.

The paper, written by the body representing all major organisations responsible for flood defences, was presented to ministers on 30 November last year – days before Cumbria was hit by the heaviest rainfall recorded in 24 hours in Britain.

It was then discussed by floods minister Rory Stewart and Oliver Letwin, the cabinet office minister leading the government’s flooding review.

The leaked document says: “We have had the five wettest years since 2000. TheEnvironment Agency’s funding for maintaining flood assets has fallen by 14%. Downward adjustments have also been made to intended revenue spending commitments.”

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Homes prone to devastating floods should have ‘red risk warning’ for buyers

HOMEBUYERS should receive a neon red warning before being allowed to purchase a property that’s likely to flood, according to insurers.

Properties built in areas of Britain prone to the devastation of rising water could be turned down for insurance – essentially making a home completely worthless.

But buyers are often completely in the dark about the a home’s flood risk before it’s too late.

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