The Impacts of The 2013-2014 Winter Floods; And How to Keep Your Important Belongings Safe from Future Flood Damage...

From December 2013 through to March 2014, several areas in the UK suffered from extensive economic and social damage as a result of prolonged coastal, pluvial, fluvial and groundwater flooding. Over these 4 months, the country’s subjection to heavy and prolonged rainfall lead to the spoilage of properties, crucial transport infrastructure, and farmland.


An official report by the Environment Agency in the UK reveals that the winter floods of 2013 to 2014 caused damage in England and Wales costing an estimate of £1.3 billion. Devastation struck residential property holders the most, as 25% of these total damages occurred in this sector; as many as 10,465 properties suffered, with estimated incurred costs of £320 million.

From those experiencing flooding directly in their homes, to those affected by it through working or travelling, the events impacted a great proportion of the UK… throughout the period itself, and in the long-term afterwards.


The catastrophic impacts of the flooding resulted in a great deal of government planning, prevention and improvement of flood defenses in preparation for any future occurrence of such events. Although this has indeed left some properties and land better protected, the monetary limitations placed upon those organizing the flood-proofing measures has meant that this protection can only be partial.


Many people living in flood-risk-areas therefore have to take matters into their own hands when it comes to keeping what is important to them safe; whether that be their car, their home, or small personal belongings.


If you live in an area that has or could suffer from flood damage it is always a good precaution to be prepared and keep your home safe. There are many methods of doing, this such as: removable floodgates for doorways (to stop water entry) or waterproof flooring (to stop water absorbing into your home).


It is just as important to protect all of your important documentation from potential water damage, as recovering it from such would likely be a costly, and/or a near to impossible task. By keeping these things on a high-shelf, it may stop water from reaching them. This however is not indefinite, and so a greater mean of protection is by purchasing a safety deposit box. This would be a secure way of storing all of your significant documents… without having to worry about whether or not they are safe.


Cardiff Safe Deposit has boxes available at different sizes and prices start at 21p per day.  The facility is equipped with various physical and digital security features that will keep your valuables safe in the event of an emergency.  Contact us today at our Cardiff central location on 02920 470506.