Homes that are high and dry

In areas prone to flooding, building houses on stilts could be a cost-effective way of keeping them safe

17th April, 2016
Elevated on steel columns, Hind House in Berkshire doesnt impede flood flow from the river Loddon when it frequently floods

After one of the wettest winters in years and subsequent flooding in the south of the country this month, some 250 or so homes remain uninhabitable around the country.

Although unproven, perhaps the cause is global warming. Perhaps it’s poor drainage and waterway defences. Is urban sprawl encroaching on long-established flood plains? Either way, home owners, the Environmental Protection Agency and county council planners must approach the issue in a responsible and cohesive way. Flooding happens....

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