The terrible havoc of recent flooding across the UK has affected the life of many householders who are now desperately trying to keep water away from their properties, but all is in vain. Despite of their struggling hard, water is entering into their properties, making things worse than ever for them.
Most of homeowners are counting on centuries-old method of tucking heavy piles of sandbags against their doors and windows. The strategy seems to be effective yet it could not be a permanent solution. Some properties have become buoyant, the top of the buildings can be seen meeting the level of the surrounding water, and it’s a miserable condition, indeed.
It’s a surprise that floating houses has evoked a new home building technique which is under consideration by Baca Architects who are likely to build first amphibious house, most probably on the banks of River Thames, in Buckinghamshire.
The Environment Agency is very interested in the idea of building floating homes and they have already initiated the projects. Tony Andryszekwski often works in a flood test center; he plans to set-up an investigation team that will figure out all possible flood prevention techniques so that it can be controlled in an easy way in future.
The Agency is also looking through flood preventing techniques of other countries, especially in the Netherlands. These methods may be applicable in the UK as well. The Dutch are said to have most advanced and high-tech flood management techniques in the world, they might help in the current circumstances where many homeowners are struggling with rising water.
It’s surprising that much of the land mass is below sea level in the Netherlands, and the country is known for having low-lying topography. As a smart flood-proof technique, people have been draining delta swamps in order to build up artificial dry land since the late 12th century.
Now there are more than 3,500 low-lying polders surrounded by big dykes which collect water from rain, rivers, lakes, and seas and pump it to smartly to keep the land dry. The Dutch have been building dykes for centuries, and this technique is seen as the most effective flood-prevention method of all time. It is adoptable as well as affordable.