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 risk remains for parts of southern England

    Thames Barrier shuts for record 16th consecutive time to help reduce flood risk for communities along the Thames. Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high following recent heavy rainfall. To help protect communities along the River Thames, the Environment Agency has closed the Thames Barrier for a record sixteenth consecutive closure ...

  • £140m Flood and Coastal Risk Management funding

    Good news for communities at risk of flooding In yesterday’s Budget, the Chancellor announced an additional £140m Flood and Coastal Risk Management funding over the next two years. This is in addition to the £130m previously announced by the Government in early February and includes some revenue money as well as capital. It will fund repairs to flood defences damaged by the ...

  • 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, ...

  • Consultation launched on flood risk management strategy

    A public consultation on Devon’s flood risk management strategy will be launched later this week. Devon County Council, together with partner authorities including the Environment Agency and key stakeholders in Devon, have produced the strategy which is available to view online from Wednesday (27 November). This marks the start of the public consultation which continues until Monday 27 ...

  • Climate change and flood risk in European cities

    Increased flooding is likely to be one of the most serious effects from climate change in Europe over coming decades. Some of the conditions which may contribute to urban flooding are highlighted in an Eye on Earth map from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The map is one example of the capabilities of Eye on ...

  • 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 ...

  • Flooding risk to continue for at least another week

    Current situation Communities in the south, south west and central parts of England continue to be at risk of flooding over the coming days, with severe flood warnings remaining in force along the River Thames, for the Severn at Gloucester and on the Somerset Levels. Windsor, Maidenhead, parts of Surrey and communities in Buckinghamshire, West Berkshire and Reading are at risk ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 5 Flood risks in need of sewer line repair

    Dealing with indoor flooding is enough to drive anyone crazy. Not only can it be frustrating to deal with the clean up and repairs, but often times, those repairs can be expensive. So how can you do your best to stop flooding? Here are a few preventative tips: Poor foundation: Most homes are designed specifically to allow flood water to flow freely underneath and beside the structure. ...


    By Tric Tools, Inc.

  • Managing the twin risks of flooding and erosion in coastal areas

    Coastal areas are naturally at risk from erosion and flooding, but this risk is increased by the effects of climate change. A recent study has examined choices for regulators and coastline managers and suggests that successful management in high risk areas needs a fully integrated approach involving all stakeholders. Managing the interactions between the natural environment and socio-economic ...

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