Flooding is a significant risk to the UK, with the government estimating that around 6 million people (about 10% of the population) are at risk of flooding. Economic damages from recent flood events have been estimated at £1.3 billion (2013-14 winter floods) and £3.2 billion (2007 summer floods).
More frequent, more intense storms resulting from climate change will in the future put more people and property at risk and will increase the impact of flooding. Recent research by HR Wallingford has projected that the annual flood damages to properties could increase by between 70% and 400% by the 2080s.
How can we help?
- Investigating and identifying causes of flooding from rivers, sea, surface water, groundwater and artificial sources such as surcharging of urban drainage systems, foul sewers, water main bursts, reservoir failure etc.
- Assessing the contribution of other causative factors such as the maintenance and condition of channels and structures, blockages, pump failure etc.
- Assessing the annual probability (or return period) of a rainfall/flood event, to determine whether the flooding could have happened in the absence of any other alleged causative or contributory factors (for example a collapsed pipe).
- Offer expert advice on resistance/resilience measures to reduce future flood risk.
- Assessment of post-flood contamination
Why appoint a forensic investigator?
Our expert hydrologists, hydraulic modellers and civil engineers have years of experience identifying the cause(s) of complex flooding incidents. We can:
- Support subrogation/recovery efforts
- Establish where legal responsibility/liability lies
- Help defend third party liability claims
- Provide risk management advice.