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Flood protection in action

A company near Droitwich Spa has been praised by the Chairman of Wychavon for leading the fight to help protect people’s homes and businesses from flooding.

Cllr Robert Raphael visited M3 Floodtec recently to learn more about the company’s work and see a demonstration of its products in action.

The company, based on Hampton Lovett Business Park, was founded in 2018 and has quickly become the market leader in specialist flood protection equipment.

A range of products are available for households and businesses ranging from flood gates and flood doors to anti-flood airbricks and non-return valves.

The company also has its own British Standard test facility, which not only allows it to produce products to Kitemark certified level, but it is also used by insurance companies, the Environment Agency, the Government and other manufacturers.

The facility is a one-room building which has been fitted with a range of the company’s own flood protection measures to protect the inside and outside of a property, as well as other available products to help people recovery quickly from flooding such as water-resistant building materials.

During the test 60,000 litres of water is released which is then recycled for the next time.

Cllr Raphael said: “As someone who has had their business flooded twice, I know how heartbreaking it is to watch flood water enter your property and not be able to do anything about it.

“With the recent flooding we have had locally, and nationally, it was fantastic to learn about the work being done by M3 Floodtec to develop a range of innovative products and solutions to give people options to protect their homes and businesses, and to see them put to the test.”

Peter Marchant, Chief Executive Officer of M3 Floodtec, said: “After the recent flooding that has affected most of the country over the last few weeks it is great to be able to demonstrate the latest technologies that are available to protect property and to resist flood waters entering our homes. Unfortunately, many people are totally unaware of what products are available that really do make a massive difference, so to be able to showcase these in a real flood situation can be a positive benefit to all residents in the Wychavon district.”

The visit was part of the Chairman’s tour of the district to mark Wychavon’s 50th anniversary. The aim is to visit every parish by the end of April.

Watch the video below to see the flood test tank in action.