In December last year we experienced extensive flooding due to Storm Desmond prompting more than 150 flood alerts affecting local businesses and communities across the UK. The floodwater resulted in cutting power to 55,000 properties in our region alone. Unfortunately, Storm Desmond may be just be the start of ever more familiar flooding scenes. Climate change projections suggest that winters will become wetter over the whole of England, by as much as 20% by the 2050s.
UK businesses have legitimate concerns to the flood threats based on the recent past after last year’s floods cost the country over £1 billion.
This is where the expertise of building services companies can come in to ensure organisations can quickly get back on their feet and back to full operation.
Environment & Power Technology (EPT), based in Greater Manchester but operating nationally are a company whose significant skills in this field are experiencing increased demands from flood effected organisations. Last year concerns were raised regarding tidal flooding affecting parts of the Eastern Coast and many people were evacuated from vulnerable areas. EPT provided disaster response and recovery to the flood damage that hit one of the government’s HM Revenue & Customs Building’s at Immingham Dock near Grimsby.
The tidal surge had caused significant damage to the building’s ground floor. Water levels were 2 metres higher than normal and testing revealed that the water was contaminated with sewage. Much of the flood was directly from sea water, which can be particularly corrosive. EPT immediately addressed the major problem by pumping out the water, before conducting the removal of damaged fixtures and fittings and stripping out the fabric back to the bare brickwork. A specialist cleaning and disinfecting operation was followed with a commercial building drying process. The size of the affected area required the utilisation of a variety of high capacity dehumidifying industrial equipment.
The second phase of the project represented the final stage of the building restoration. EPT instructed its skilled teams of plumbers, plasterers, floor layers, joiners, painters and decorators and mechanical engineers to fully restore the building to its entire working order.
EPT Director Richard Rodgers explained, “We recognise the urgency of organisation’s who experience flooding to become fully operational as soon as possible, so EPT is adept at immediately responding to any kind of disaster and executing quick and thorough building restoration projects.”
5.2 million properties in the UK are at risk of flooding, which is around 1 in every 6. Businesses in Greater Manchester district are not excluded from the risks of flooding. Indeed the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment has identified a number of areas in Greater Manchester that are subject to either flood warnings or extreme flood warnings. The report does also not shy away from the effects of climate change, stating that the number of “rainy-days” and the average intensity of rainfall is expected to increase.
Richard Rodgers addresses this wider concern, “Environment & Power Technology are concerned with serving companies to minimise their carbon footprint by carrying out maintenance services that help reduce their energy consumption. We are very proud of the environmentally friendly role we are able to play in assisting companies achieve their corporate social responsibility goals concerned with preserving the planet.”
This article was featured on the Greater Manchester Chambers of Commerce Website 23rd December 2015, you can view the article here
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