Flood Victims Raise The Roof............. And The Rest Of The House

The owner’s rationale is simple:  “It is apparent to me that since 2003 the pattern of the River Thames flooding has increased in frequency and in levels.  Even at its very earliest, there won’t be a flood relief scheme for a decade and I’m not refurbishing the house just for this to happen again.”

Despite a range of preventative measures, the lower floor was flooded inside for the first time in February 2014 and has been uninhabitable ever since.  “Being flooded has an immeasurable emotional effect on the whole family so, as an engineer, I’m taking positive action to protect us in future.”

Getting On Top Of The Problem

After researching various options like waterproofing, building barriers or dams and consulting with the Environment Agency (EA) the decision was taken that the whole 5 bedroom house could be lifted out of future harm’s way.

Ironically, as part of any such project, the development is subject to a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) which only confirmed the home owner’s determination to proceed. The Environment Agency recommends that the proposed finished floor levels of properties should be above the 1 in 100 year with an allowance of 300mm for climate change flood level.

The Big Lift

The 8 week project of raising the house will be commissioned by a team of builders, a specialist heavy duty jacking system company and a construction engineer.  Steel beams will be inserted under the ground floor into openings cut into the walls and several 25 ton hydraulic jacks connected to a central computer will monitor the lift with accuracy of several millimetres among them.

Once the weight of the house and the upwards force of the jacks has been equalised, the walls will be cut around the base and the lift will begin. When the entire structure has reached the desired level, the gap will be built in with blocks and bricks and the house will be lowered to rest at its new safe level.

Got A Camera?

TV broadcasters, photographers, or even students with an interest in the spectacle of a floating 5 bedroom home are invited to capture a time-lapse photo project of the raising.  Please contact ThamesAwash below.

A Point Solution To A Much Wider Problem

ThamesAwash says that this is another, albeit extreme, way in which people’s lives and finances are adversely affected by the absence of an effective flood prevention scheme in Thames Valley.  Many hundred home owners who were affected don’t have the means or resources to embark on such an ambitious project but are facing similar levels of financial, emotional and logistical turmoil and fear that all their reparations remain vulnerable to future weather events.


Flood pressure group ThamesAwash, which already represents nearly 3,000 people, is campaigning for a resolution to the £120m funding gap and an acceleration of the RTS, a series of channels and improvements from Datchet to Teddington, designed to reduce the risk of future River Thames flooding. It has been on the drawing board awaiting funding since 2003.

General press enquiries: press@thamesawash.com

Twitter: @ThamesAwash


Chris Bertram Chairman 07436 542200 chris@thamesawash.com

Gillie Bolton Press/Media 07779 662251 gillie@thamesawash.com

Press releases

“RTS funding has reached the Tipping Point” – Philip Hammond

Ministerial Thames Valley Flooding Envoy Philip Hammond MP and Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor met with ThamesAwash on Friday 13th February to address persistent concerns raised by the flood pressure group over the slow pace of funding for the £300m River Thames Scheme, designed to provide a long term solution to flooding in the Lower Thames Valley.

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RTS Funding - Positive news but "Mind the Gap"!

What does the extra £60million pledged to the River Thames Scheme actually mean?

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ThamesAwash StressesTragedy Of Forgotten Flood Victims Eight Months On

Eight months on, most of those forced out of their house by flooding are still unable to return home

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Flood Victims Raise The Roof............. And The Rest Of The House

The owners of one flooded property in Wraysbury can’t wait for the much-delayed RTS so are taking flood defences to the extreme by jacking up their two storey house ‘as is’ to rest above the flood levels

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ThamesAwash Highlights £120m Black Hole In Flood Scheme Funding

Many local people thought they heard the phrase “money is no object” and do not realise that, as it stands, there is presently no funding package and no progress being made on the RTS relief scheme.

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Spread the word!

Following unprecedented media attention now is the time to press for action on funding LTS. The most powerful weapon in our armory is the number of supporters.

If you want to help, the very best thing you can do is enlist as many people as possible.

Why not print out the A4 poster page for your window or car window. Or ask if you can display one of the 4 cards in your newsagent, coffee shop or office noticeboard.