And It’s Probably Not What You Think…
This house, known as “Flood House” is actually not a real house at all. Instead, it was built as an educational facility to demonstrate how floods occur and what the typical consequences may be. For example, a group of insurance company representatives might come here on a “field trip,” per se, to learn about different kinds of flooding so they have a better reference point for helping their customers during a time of need. Interesting, huh?
Water has been gushing from a pipe in the ceiling for ten minutes. It pours on to the kitchen table and splashes against the wall. In fact, it isn’t anyone’s home. For this is the nation’s first and only flood school. This property in Surrey has been drenched 260 times since it was built 14 years ago. Today, water spurts from a pipe for an hour. At the end, the whole house smells like wet dog and there’s a damp chill in the air. I’m with a group of insurers who have come to learn how they can help their homeowner customers cope with the disastrous effects of flooding. From the outside, the flood house looks like a wood cabin. Inside, there is a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and study. Dressed head to toe in clear plastic onesies, we look a bit like crime scene investigators. We hug the walls to avoid the spray of the pipe. When the water starts pouring out, it is loud and dramatic.
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