Welcome to your new home and here’s your Wellington boots, sandbags, wind up radio and rubber gloves in case you get flooded

AN emergency flood risk kit including Wellington boots, a wind up radio, mobile phone, rubber gloves and sandbags will be given to anyone brave enough to buy one of eight executive homes near Wisbech.

The homes are proposed in part of a village where the chance of flooding in any year is 1 in 200 but developers say they are taking no chances.

'The purchaser of each property will be made aware of the risk of flooding and the standard of existing defences,' says a report to Fenland District Council.

The design and access statement to the site to the rear of Orchard House, High Road, Wisbech St Mary, has been prepared by Peter Humphrey Associates Ltd of Wisbech.

'As a precautionary measure all dwelling feature first floor refuge in the event of severe flooding,' says the firm.


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New home owners will be told the number of items to be placed in the flood kit 'will reflect the number of inhabitants.'

Parents with small children will be encouraged to make lists of the vital items they might require 'for example any baby food, milk, sterilized bottles and spoons, nappies and wipes, nappy bags, spare clothing, comforter and favourite toy'.

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The list of do's and don'ts for prospective buyers also extends to being advised to keep used to 'keeping special items stored at high level, so not to be damaged in the event of a flood. If the flooding is severe, occupants may be evacuated. All occupants must be aware of action to be taken, i.e. collecting flood kit, isolating power and blocking door ways with sandbags.'

And Humphrey Associates will also insist prospective buyers 'listen to local radio, check internet and TV news channels, where any flood warnings should be broadcast, giving adequate time to implement the necessary action.'

The application for the new homes, which lie outside the village boundary, will be considered later this year by Fenland Council.

Principal Peter Humphreys said: 'Don't we think of everything?'

He blamed 'bureaucracy in the Environment Agency' for having to implement the flood risk measures.

'It is a new directive that has come round,' he added. 'I didn't personally draw up this proposal but isn't it good that the agent is so conscious of his prospective clients that he thinks of everything for them.'

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