According to the Environment Agency over 5 million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea.
The Loss of life and devastation caused by recent flood events worldwide has resulted in Flood Management becoming a priority issue. The latest projections from the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) indicate rising sea levels and increasingly severe and frequent storms will increase the risk of flooding.
Floods can occur anywhere and at any time. The most common sources of flooding are from:
Flooding cannot be prevented entirely, but the risk of flooding can be reduced. Flood Management is the process of assessing the consequences of flooding and identifying methods to avoid or minimise the risk from further flood events.
Methods may include: