UK Flood Barriers featured on prime time national television show, ‘The One Show’ on BBC1 on Thursday 11th October. UKFB appeared in a focus on its innovative flood defence system, the passive flood defence system, which is being installed in the flood stricken town of Cockermouth.
Summer 2012 was officially the wettest in 100 years, with over 5,000 properties across the UK damaged by the sheer volume of rain falling. The number of properties at risk of flooding is expected to quadruple in the next 20 years, according to the Committee on Climate Change. A large proportion of the properties affected were not near river or coastal regions but were victims of surface water run-off, a result of flash flooding, showing that no home is without risk.
As a result of these devastating changing weather conditions, many householders, businesses and councils are exploring new, innovative solutions, and UK Flood Barriers’ range of specialist products meet this need. Frank Kelly, chief executive of UK Flood Barriers was interviewed at the company’s offices in Droitwich, Worcestershire, introducing the pioneering passive flood defence system, part of the self-closing flood barrier range which has been selected by the Environment Agency to provide protection to the residents of Cockermouth. The solution is unique in offering passive flood defence, activated by the power of the oncoming flood water, and requiring no human intervention to provide protection. Already installed in a range of applications across the world, the Cockermouth project is the first time the Environment Agency has specified the passive flood defence system in a public project. The new scheme will also help to bring jobs to the UK, and specifically the West Midlands, where the majority of the product’s manufacture takes place.
The One Show’s Current Affairs editor, Anita Rani described the system as ‘incredible’.
Frank Kelly, chief executive of UK Flood Barriers comments: “Receiving exposure on national television was invaluable for us as a company. We have seen interest in our products, both in the UK and internationally, soar over the past year, as people are responding to the threat of climate change and looking for solutions. Many individuals are unaware that flooding is not a force of nature that they have to abide, but that there are simple solutions that can provide protection. This summer we witnessed hundreds of victims whose lives were destroyed by flooding, and we hope, through this publicity that the word will get out to more people that their suffering is not an inevitability.”