England facing heightened flood risk this winter

Posted: Wednesday 4th December 2013

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, 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 advising that:

People urged to check flood risk

David Rooke, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency, said: “The most important thing that we can all do to protect ourselves from the devastation that flooding can cause is to be prepared – by checking our flood risk on the Environment Agency’s website, signing up to free flood warnings and making a personal flood plan.

“Every £1 spent on protecting communities from flooding saves £8 in repairing damage. Over the last three years we have protected an additional 182,000 homes and businesses with new flood defence schemes.”

Last year over 7,000 properties were flooded but 200,000 properties were protected from river and coastal flooding by Environment Agency flood defences.

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