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PPS 15: Planning and Flood Risk
Annex B: Flood Damage to a Typical Residential Property

Table 2: Flood Damage to a Typical Residential Property

Depth of Flood Damage to Building Damage to Services/ fittings Loss of Personal Possessions
Below ground level Minimal damage to main building. Flood water enters basements, cellars and under floor voids. Possible erosion under foundations Damage to electrical sockets and other services. Carpets in basements and cellars may need replaced Possessions and furniture in basements and cellars damaged
Up to half a metre above ground floor level (GFL) Damages to internal finishes, plaster, wall coverings etc. Floors and walls become saturated requiring cleaning and drying. Flooring may require replacement. Damage to external and internal doors, skirting, etc Damage to electricity meter and fuse-box. Damage to gas meter, low level boilers and telephone services. Carpets and floor covering may need replaced. Kitchen units and electrical appliances may need replaced Damage to furniture and electrical goods.
Damage to small personal possessions.
Food in low cupboards contaminated
More than half a metre above GFL Increased damage to walls. Possible structural damage Damage to higher units, electrical services and appliances Damage to personal possessions
Source: Preparing for Floods, (DTLR, 2002)
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