flood risk management News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • £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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 management for the future

    New proposals to give local communities a greater say in what is done to protect them from the risks of flooding and coastal erosion have been announced today. Defra and the Environment Agency have published a consultation on a new national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy for England which aims to allow greater local involvement in planning and prioritising flood defences. ...

  • Leicester Flood Risk Management Scheme site investigations underway

    The Environment Agency is beginning work with Leicester City Council on a new plan to reduce flood risk in Leicester. This follows additional funding released by the Government after last winter’s floods. As part of the project, the Environment Agency will begin a four week programme of exploratory ground investigations early in January. A significant area of Leicester is at risk of ...

  • New Executive Order Establishes a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

    President Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, on January 30, 2015. The new E.O. amends E.O. 11988, "Floodplain Management" (1977), and, among other things, provides 3 approaches that federal agencies can use now to establish the flood elevation and hazard ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Recent WIT Press title - Flood Risk Assessment & Management

    WIT Press Flood Risk Assessment & Management  Editors: S. Mambretti, Politecnico Di Milano, ...


    By WIT Press

  • 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

  • Agricultural practice could help reduce flood risk

    Coherent agri-environmental schemes could contribute to wider climate change adaptation objectives including safeguarding water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity and habitat conservation. New research suggests that integrating Sustainable Flood Management (SFM) principles into agricultural practice will require relatively few changes under the current legislative framework. Climate change 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

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