Following flooding in 2007 and early 2008, the owner of the converted mill house and adjoining cottage installed both resistance and resilience measures onto the house in order to help limit the damage of further flooding events.
During a similar event in September 2008 the majority of the water was held back by homemade resistance measures, although some weak points allowed water to creep through. The owners subsequently installed two automatic sump pump systems into the ground beneath the house’s stairs (see image below) which are now connected to an uninterruptible petrol generator supply in case electrical power is lost. In the event of a electrical blackout, this generator will prove invaluable to the property owners.
For pictures and more information, please click here to read the National Flood Forum case study report.