flood risk News

  • Flooding risk to continue into the weekend

    Communities in southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding, with further heavy rain expected to affect the country on Friday and into Saturday. Continued heavy rainfall means that flooding will remain for several days. Although water levels may fall throughout today, they are expected to rise again on the Thames and Severn, affecting places already experiencing flooding. ...

  • Flood forecast improving but the risk of flooding continues

    Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high. While the overall picture is starting to improve as river levels stabilise, risks to people and property remain. Severe flood warnings remain in place along the Thames and in Somerset where water levels continue to rise in response to recent rainfall. Ground water flooding also continues to ...

  • Want to make a difference to flood risk?

    More than five million people are at risk of the devastating effects of flooding in the UK, with thousands of properties at risk in the South East – more than any other part of the country. The Environment Agency is looking for an enthusiastic person to help manage flood risk throughout the South East and make a real difference to people’s lives and to the environment we live in. The ...

  • Flood summit at defra focuses on a shared approach to managing flood risk

    Environment Minister Richard Benyon met with insurers to discuss how best to ensure that insurance is widely available for homes at risk of flooding at a flood summit. The summit brought together key representatives from the insurance industry, the National Flood Forum, the Environment Agency and local government to discuss the challenges in managing future flood risk. ...

  • Godmanchester flood risk management scheme unveiled

    A ceremony took place on Friday 28 February in Godmanchester, marking the official completion of Godmanchester’s flood risk management scheme. The ground was first broken on Friday 25 May 2012 by Jonathan Djanogly, MP for Huntingdon, and Steve Wheatley, Chair of the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, who was instrumental in securing approval for the scheme. The scheme includes a ...

  • England facing heightened flood risk this winter

    People urged to prepare for flooding as wet and windy weather to continue The Environment Agency is warning of an increased likelihood of flooding this winter. Wet weather, strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers, are increasing flood risk, especially in the west of England. Families, ...

  • South West facing heightened flood risk this winter

    The Environment Agency is warning of an increased likelihood of flooding this winter. Wet weather, strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers, are increasing flood risk. Families, communities and businesses are urged to check their flood risk and be prepared for possible flooding and its impacts. Based on Met Office analysis, the Environment Agency is ...

  • Ongoing flood risk across southern England

    We are urging communities in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley to remain vigilant for continued flooding from groundwater and rivers. Flooding will continue along the River Thames over the coming days, with a potential flooding around the Chertsey Lakes. River levels along the Thames are now stabilising or falling in most areas. Groundwater levels remain very high in many ...

  • Coastal flood risk for parts of England this weekend

    High winds and tides bring an increased risk of coastal flooding along coastal areas of England this weekend, the Environment Agency warned today. Areas at risk on Saturday and Sunday include coasts and tidal areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire as gales and big waves combine to cause possible overtopping of flood defences and sea walls, property flooding ...

  • Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force

    Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive on flood risk management coming into force today. The directive requires flood risk management to be negotiated across national borders and contains important commitments to increase transparency and involve citizens. Member States are now obliged to identify river basins and associated ...

  • Floods in West Africa raise major health risks

    Rising flood waters across West Africa are intensifying health risks for millions of people, and adding to the impact of the food price crisis. International aid is needed as heavy rains forecast to last until September could exacerbate health threats for conditions including malaria, diarrhoea and other potentially fatal communicable diseases. 'West Africa's annual floods bring with them not ...

  • Using UAVs to improve Flood Risk Management

    A twelve month project being undertaken by Cranfield University, which is jointly funded by the Environment Agency and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), is helping to improve the quality of river photography that is used for flood risk management. The images provide detailed information to monitor the characteristics of water courses and the effect these have on ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Environment Agency warns of continued flood risk

    Current situation Communities in Dorset, Oxfordshire, south Wiltshire, Hampshire and along the river Thames are being urged to remain prepared for more flooding today and the remainder of the week. More unsettled weather over the next few days will see rain falling on already saturated ground increasing the chance of flooding. Along Dorset’s south west coast large waves and ...

  • New Orleans flood risk further mitigated

    Royal Haskoning has won a new contract for water control structures in New Orleans, working with partners HKV Lijn in Water and Fugro. The project will develop a software module that allows the local flood protection authority to monitor the opening and closing of gates on all flood defences. It is expected that the module contributes to an improved planning and coordination. The new system has ...


    By Royal HaskoningDHV

  • Flood Risks and Property Damage Discussed in New Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses flood risks and property damage issues.    “Flooding can cause devastating damage to a home or business so it’s important that people understand flood risks in their area, ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Low health risk from contaminated flood water

    Residents in flood-affected areas have been advised to take sensible precautions as the flooding subsides but have been reassured that there is only a small chance of picking up an infection from contaminated water.   The independent ...

  • Public participation in flood risk management: the case of Germany

    How can stakeholders best be involved in the implementation of the EU Floods Directive? According to recent research examining Germany as a case study, three types of strategy are being pursued across the country’s 16 federal states: the first draws on Water Framework Directive (WFD) procedures, the second meets only minimum requirements for participation and the third involves stakeholders ...

  • A global risk assessment of river and coastal flooding

    A new study provides the first global estimates of river and coastal flooding, highlighting past and future trends, and indicates that Asia and Europe are two of the regions that are worst affected. The researchers suggest that their methods could be useful in developing a global framework for flood risk assessment. Although millions of people worldwide are affected by floods every year, ...

  • New UK approach to flood risk management

    The statement stresses that to realise full benefit, resilience measures will need to contribute to creating quality urban environments and to managing the wider aspects of the water cycle. Chair of the multi-institutional group David Balmforth said: 'Flooding is a very real risk in the UK and one that is only going to get worse. If we rely solely on flood defences and ever larger drainage ...

  • Flood risk in Europe: the long-term outlook

    Floods in Central Europe have caused deaths and widespread property damage across parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Such events are likely to increase in Europe for several reasons including climate change, according to recent assessments from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Floods, storms and other hydro-meteorological events account for around two thirds of the ...

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