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Retail represents 41% of all Commercial Property assets in the UK and Supermarkets are the majority retail user. All Supermarkets have common factors of numerous sites across all of the United Kingdom, with differing levels of flood and extreme weather risk. In recent years, there has been a growing incidence of increased torrential rainfall and subsequent surface water flooding. There are plenty of opportunities for Supermarkets to be pro-active to manage the risks of flooding and extreme weather events. This article articulates some recommendations established from Stonehaven Technology's experience of working with UK retailers.

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Potential Location of Deployable Flood Defences at a UK Supermarket

Potential Location of Deployable Flood Defences at a UK Supermarket

 

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All organisations with a large property estate need to comprehensively understand and manage long term and dynamic risks from flooding and extreme weather. This requirement has added focus with growing incidence of torrential rain events in the UK, leading to surface water flooding incidents. Asda, Morrisons and Lidl have all suffered numerous flooding incidents in the years 2012 to 2015, with high resultant costs. There are numerous data sources and business procedures which retailers, such as these supermarket chains, can adopt to successfully manage and mitigate risk.

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Table showing flood incidents experienced 2012 to 2015 by Asda, Morrisons and Lidl
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In recent years the United Kingdom has endured flooding and extreme weather events of notable magnitude. The floods of 2015 caused direct costs of an estimated £ 2 Billion and created untold misery for numerous businesses, livelihoods and communities.  The Government’s National Flood Resilience Review, published in September 2016, acknowledged that further flooding and extreme weather events are likely to occur in the foreseeable future. The Environment Agency identifies that some 5.5 million properties in England and Wales, which equates to broadly one in six properties, are at risk of flooding.

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Met Office Days of Rain 2015 anomaly from 1981 to 2010