New research into Hull’s 2007 floods has given many residents the chance to share their experiences for the first time.
A major new study, commissioned by the Living with Water Partnership and led by the University of Hull, found over a third of households surveyed have yet to take measures to better protect themselves from future flood events.
Over 450 households in three Hull areas affected by the 2007 floods were asked about their experiences and responses to the event, which impacted 9,000 homes and businesses.
The new study has provided further insight into what measures residents took, and where engagement around further measures can be taken for future protection of homes against flooding.
Prof. Dan Parsons, Director at the Energy & Environment Institute at the University of Hull, said: “Speaking to Hull residents affected in 2007 provided a stark reminder of the impact severe flooding can have on communities.
“At the University of Hull, we are committed to not only learning and understanding more about these extreme flood events, but also how to build greater resilience in communities. Being better prepared for these devastating events can help protect both lives and livelihoods alike.
“Working alongside the Living with Water Partnership, this vital work would prove a crucial role in protecting people from the effects of flooding for decades to come.”
While almost half of those surveyed had ensured their insurance covers flooding, less than a third had taken steps to better protect their property from future events.
Furthermore, less than one in 10 have prepared an emergency flood kit and only 6% have a flood plan in place for their household.
For many residents in Hull, the new survey gave them the opportunity to share their experiences for the first time.
Sam Ramsden, Research Associate at the University of Hull, said: “Many people were very keen to voice and share their experiences of flooding and views on what could be improved – this is the first time that many people have been asked.
“For those that had been flooded, respondents clearly described the feelings of helplessness, the devastation and the impacts on themselves and their families. While the different flood defences had made some people feel safer, respondents also wanted advice and support on what they could do themselves.
“It was great to discuss the results to the Living with Water partners, who were keen to respond to the findings. For example, Hull City Council has provided direct contact details for its Flood Risk Officer to improve communication and support.”