Flooding is a major problem for the island nation of the UK, and it’s a problem that is only likely to get worse.
A vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels are all forecast to hit the UK as it faces the next century.
Seven of our 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. 2013 had the UK’s wettest winter in history, and it was followed just two years later by the next wettest.
This lead to Storm Desmond, which broke a new record for national rainfall accumulation in a 24-hour period, dropping 34cm of rain at Honister Pass in Cumbria in the 24 hours after 6.30pm on 4 December 2015. The subsequent floods impacted 16,000 homes, amounting to a cost of over £5 billion.
It’s always hard to forecast when and where the next flooding disaster will hit, but the Government has a lot of data that can help us prepare for it.
We are now in a situation where 5.9 million properties in England and Wales are at risk, according to the Environment Agency – one in six of the total.
In the PE11 postcode area of Peterborough, 68 per cent of properties – a total of 18,110 – have a chance of flooding in any given year of greater than one in 100.