What is wrong with building on flood plains?

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by HOTDOG ø, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. HOTDOG ø

    HOTDOG ø Active Member

    I mean, they are nice and flat with lush vegetation and fertile soil....
  2. Bassrock

    Bassrock New Member


    Absolutely nothing, our Dutch chums have been doing it for decades !
  3. The Dormouse

    The Dormouse New Member

    What's wrong is that they get flooded.
  4. blueassedfly!

    blueassedfly! New Member

    yeah, but we could overcome that!
  5. yeah, but we could overcome that!

    Not if you live in a hole in the riverbank.
  6. Bassrock

    Bassrock New Member

    Yup, Dutch take precautions !
  7. tonynoarm

    tonynoarm New Member

    If you live in a boat house on the flood plain, you may just be ok
  8. Captain Leaky

    Captain Leaky New Member

    Clever old Dutch eh :)
  9. devil's advocate

    devil's advocate New Member

    Really, really really, simple solution. Really.

    Just build the bludy house with a cellar - an above-ground cellar. Lots of extra useful storage space - tho' not for precious things - nice set of steps leading to t'front door (always looks graceful), and t'house itself will appear more imposing.

    Stick a pump in t'cellar if you want.

    Extra cost - oh, £5k?

    Mots flood damage to houses is caused by the water only reaching a couple of feet inside, so build the b'st'rds higher.

  10. Major Mal Funxion

    Major Mal Funxion New Member

    One question DA, in the event of a flood. Where are you gonna pump the water away to?
  11. devil's advocate

    devil's advocate New Member

    Er, outside?
  12. Major Mal Funxion

    Major Mal Funxion New Member

    Brilliant DA, outside, into the ever rising water!!
  13. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Er, outside?

    Someone here excels.

    Mr. Handyandy - really
  14. tonynoarm

    tonynoarm New Member

    You chaps dont half complicate things.

    The solution is simple.

    As the water seeps under the doors and reaches window sill level, just open the windows and all the water above the sill will run outside.

    IWS: It Was so Simple :)
  15. Major Mal Funxion

    Major Mal Funxion New Member

    Tony's cracked it. Why didn't we think of that. doh!
  16. mantor

    mantor New Member

    Whenever there's a flood all of the local spongers should be dragged out and used to soak up the water.
  17. supachip

    supachip New Member

    You talk about flood plains . Redrow homes have built an entire estate in a massive sump hole in sittingbourne kent . Every road around this estate looks down on these propertys. Redrow again in 1985 moved the sea wall back 500 mtrs so they could build more homes sittingbourne again . I wonder if they would get permision to do that today. Mind throw enough cash around today and your be supprized what can be achived/
  18. Major Mal Funxion

    Major Mal Funxion New Member

    Yeh but think guys, we could all retreat the speed humps, ther's enough for everyone to have one each.
  19. mof

    mof Member

    I agree with D A if one must build on flood plains build the house on stilts.
  20. Everyone

    Everyone New Member

    "build the house on stilts."

    Sounds a bit dangerous, would the plasterers wear extra long ones?

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