tidal flood News

  • Address to the Tidal Energy Summit

    Introduction It’s great to be here today at your annual Tidal Energy Summit. It’s my first time – and despite the election, I hope it won’t be my last. The reason for that is because I’m passionate about the potential of tidal technologies which I think are vital for our green, low carbon future. We only have a half an hour session together, ...

  • Atkins design for Teignmouth tidal defence scheme approved

    Plans to build a defence scheme to protect the Back Beach area of Teignmouth have been unanimously approved by Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee. The £4 million Environment Agency scheme, which has been designed by engineering design consultancy Atkins, will reduce flood risk to more than 410 properties in the area. The proposals include new flood defence walls, ...


    By Atkins

  • Warnings lifted after most serious tidal surge in over 60 years

    The Environment Agency is now lifting flood warnings following the most serious tidal surge in over 60 years. The surge, which saw around 1,400 properties flooded, resulted in record sea levels, which in places were higher than those seen during the devastating floods of January 1953. Our thoughts remain with those people who have been affected by flooding Dr Paul ...

  • Communities urged to prepare for worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years

    Communities along the length of the east coast of England should be braced for the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 30 years. The Environment Agency and Met Office are warning that gale-force winds, large waves and a tidal surge caused by low pressure will combine with high tides tomorrow (Thursday), throughout Friday and to Saturday morning, bringing a risk of significant coastal ...

  • 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 ...

  • Addressing flooding on the Somerset Levels

    Further information on the Environment Agency's response to flooding in Somerset The flooding on the Somerset Levels is the result of prolonged and persistent rainfall, with the area seeing more than twice the average rainfall for this time of year. Up to 40 properties and 65 square kilometres of land have unfortunately flooded. However, flood defences have protected over 200 square kilometres of ...

  • Flood-free Fens

    The pumping station designed by Atkins for the Middle Level Commissioners at Wiggenhall St Germans in Norfolk was formally opened on Wednesday 20 April 2011 by Lord James Russell. The £38M pumping station, which pumps the land drainage and flood flows from the middle level system into the tidal River Ouse, is the biggest facility of its kind in the UK with a capacity 40% greater than the ...


    By Atkins

  • Impact of flood mitigation works

    InfoWorks RS is suited to determining the impact of flood mitigation works on the development of flood maps, an issue that arises more and more frequently as governments around the world seek solutions to unprecedented levels of flooding. Key to this is the software\'s ability to model open channels, floodplains, embankments and hydraulic structures, as well as its full flood-mapping capability, ...

  • Environment Agency issues severe flood warnings for coastal flooding

    The Environment Agency has (as of 1600 Thursday) issued 12 severe flood warnings for coastal communities as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves from the early hours of tomorrow (Friday 3 January). Severe flood warnings – the highest category of warning – indicate a danger to life and property and have been issued for the following locations as of 1600: Cornwall: ...

  • Bangladesh and the Netherlands to share flood research

    Flood-prone Bangladesh and the Netherlands are planning to exchange research findings and share experience on managing floods, which are projected to worsen because of climate change. Floods wreak havoc in Bangladesh every year. Last week's floods killed at least four people and stranded an estimated 20,000, according to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Communities urged to prepare for coastal flooding

    Communities along the north east coast of England, including Yorkshire and the north coast of Norfolk, should prepare for the risk of coastal flooding. The Environment Agency and Met Office are forecasting that gale-force winds and large waves will combine with spring tides and a large surge later on Thursday and through Friday. This brings a risk of significant coastal flooding. Areas at ...

  • Work begins on new Warkworth flood defences

    Thirty-five homes in Warkworth, Northumberland, will be protected from river and tidal flooding thanks to a new Environment Agency flood defence scheme. Preparatory work began this week in advance of the construction of a new flood wall that will protect homes at The Butts area of Warkworth. The project will also see the ground raised at the United Reform Church car park, with a new gate at The ...

  • UK£40m flood defences get go ahead

    A £40 million-plus solution to Ipswich’s flood fears has moved a big step closer with the announcement by the Environment Agency that the first phase of funding is secure. A tidal surge barrier across the River Orwell is the main part of the proposals put forward by partners behind the Ipswich Flood Defence Management Strategy, including Ipswich Borough Council. Work is expected to start in ...

  • The Importance of Flood Insurance for Property Damage Claims

    Preliminary estimates of the damages due to the heavy flooding in South Carolina are believed to be over $1 billion.  Unfortunately, many residential and commercial property owners in the impacted areas did not have flood insurance.  In fact, some experts have put the number of people with flood insurance and damaged properties in the state at only about 10%. Many conditions ...

  • Flood defence work set to start in Littlehampton

    The Environment Agency has announced that work to improve the tidal flood defences along the East Bank of the River Arun is set to start in Pier Road, Littlehampton this month. The £14.5 million partnership scheme includes the construction of a new tidal river wall to protect over 2,000 residential properties and businesses against 100 years of predicted sea level rise. It will also vastly ...

  • Norfolk broads flood defences bolstered by GeoPDF

    The Broadland Flood Alleviation Scheme is a long-term project to provide a range of flood defence improvements, maintenance and emergency response services within the tidal areas of the rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney. Broadland Environmental Services Ltd (BESL), a joint-venture between Halcrow and BAM Nuttall Ltd., was chosen by the Environment Agency to undertake this 20 year public private ...

  • Work begins on new flood defence schemes

    39 new flood and coastal defence projects have been announced as part of Government plans to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England. Of these new projects 21 will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households at risk of flooding. The remainder mainly relate to vital repairs and safety enhancements to existing defences. Over the next year £521m will be spent ...

  • 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 ...

  • Asian cities head global list of flood vulnerability

    The rapid growth of cities across the developing world has resulted in urban areas overtaking rural communities as being the most vulnerable to widescale flooding, according to a report from the World Bank. The slums of Asian cities are especially vulnerable, says the report, pointing out that about 90 per cent of people exposed to floods live in Asia, and that the problems they face could ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Public Input Welcome on Houston Flood Control

    The Harris County Flood Control District, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, has opened a public comment period to receive input on the Buffalo Bayou and Lower White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Study in the greater Houston area. The study investigates flood damage reduction and ecosystem restoration alternatives to ...

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