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Housing: Floods

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has evaluated on the effect of the height of electricity sockets in walls on the length of time it takes householders to return to their repaired homes following evacuation after flooding; and what guidelines are provided to builders of new homes in flood-risk areas on the matter. (293620)

We are not aware of research that looks at how the height of electricity sockets specifically impacts on the time it has taken to repair flooded homes. However, Communities and Local Government published joint guidance with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency entitled Improving the flood performance of new buildings—Flood resilient construction in May 2007. The document provides guidance to developers and designers on how to improve the flood resilience of new properties in low or residual flood risk areas by the use of suitable materials and construction details. To help achieve resilient design it suggests that, for ground floors, electrical sockets should be installed above flood level to minimise damage to electrical services.