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  • Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Currently, around 1 in 6 properties in England have a higher than normal risk of flooding. If you are interested in finding out if your property is among these, visit the website Check My Flood Risk here. The risk map is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences (from the sea and rivers), predicted flood water levels, and ground water levels.

  • Storm surge maps help save lives

    Storm surge maps help save lives

    Hurricane Sandy was the second-costliest hurricane is US history, and led to one of the largest-scale evacuations experienced in the country. There was 233 fatalities in total due to direct and indirect causes, and experts say that the use of storm surge maps helped prevent the death toll from being much higher. “During Sandy, we rescued 250 people from their flooded homes, evacuated two major hospitals…

  • Storm Barney sweeps through UK, thousands left without power

    Storm Barney sweeps through UK, thousands left without power

    The second named storm to hit the UK brought gusts of up to 85 mph, and has left without power thousands of homes in Wales, the Midlands, and in southern and eastern England without power. The heavy rains have meant that many flood warnings remain place across England, although there has not been any serious threat of coastal flooding despite…

  • 8 years of floods in pictures

    8 years of floods in pictures

    Gideon Mendel, a South African photographer, began a journey in 2007 making portraits of flood-affected people from around the world. The idea came about in 2007, when the UK experienced a series of heavy summer downpours which put much of Britain under water. Also that summer, 30 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal had to escape floods that were much deeper than usual. Since then,…

  • The 11th November 1977 – defence failure and flooding at Fleetwood, Lancashire

    The 11th November 1977 – defence failure and flooding at Fleetwood, Lancashire

    Thirty-eight years ago, on the 11th-12th November 1977, the coastal town of Fleetwood (and the surrounding area) was flooded following extensive overtopping (and possibly some breaching) of defences. The other worst effected towns included Knott End, Pilling, Morecambe, Blackpool, Crossens and Haverigg . As many as 5,000 properties were flooded (FWN, 2007) with almost 2000 of these to over 1 m depth. This event…

  • Two years on from Typhoon Haiyan

    Two years on from Typhoon Haiyan

    It’s been two years since one of the most devastating cyclones in recent history pummelled through southeast Asia. Super Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest recorded storm to make landfall – killed an estimated 6,300 people and displaced almost 1 million. An article recently provided by The Guardian gives a telling story of the current situation in the Philippines, which was the most badly affected country. To…

  • First officially named storm headed for the UK?

    First officially named storm headed for the UK?

    Several newspaper headlines this week claim Britain could be hit by the first officially named UK storm this weekend. The current forecast suggests southern parts of the UK are expected to see the strongest winds on Saturday (7th November), with 40-50mph gusts along parts of the south coast of England. During Sunday into Monday the north and northwest of the UK is likely…

  • Historic events: Severe coastal flooding and damage in central London on 6th and 7th January 1928

    Historic events: Severe coastal flooding and damage in central London on 6th and 7th January 1928

    By Shari L. Gallop Disaster struck the streets of central London on 6th and 7th January 1928, when a North Sea storm surge combined with high tide and high river flows to cause severe coastal flooding (The Capricornian, 1928). Leading up to this event, Christmas 1927 saw heavy snowfall in the Cotswolds, and when it melted in early January 1928 it was said that the sudden…