Flood risk map – how to find out the flooding threat to your area and where is the risk highest in the UK
FLASH, tidal, groundwater, fluvial – there are many types of flooding and they’ve all been known to hit the UK.
Here’s how to find out the threat to your area and which region is most at threat.
How do you find out if your area is at risk of flooding?
The government’s flood warning information service gives an idea of which regions are at risk of flooding.
All information provided, particularly the likelihood of surface water flooding, is a general indicator of an area’s flood risk.
What flood warnings are in place today?
The Environment Agency currently has 32 flood alerts in place across the UK.
The alerts, which warn that “flooding is possible”, are in areas across South, East and western parts of the UK.
Residents in the following areas are advised to “be prepared” for large amounts of standing water:
- Bain Catchment
- Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth
- Chertsey Bourne
- East and West Glens
- Emm Brook
- Exmoor Rivers
- Hoe Stream
- Louth Canal and Waithe Beck
- Lower Avon and tributaries
- Lower River Loddon at the River Thames confluence at Twyford
- Lower River Soar in Leicestershire
- Middle Exe Area
- Middle Tame
- Minor Watercourses of South Forty Foot Drain
- Rase and Upper Ancholme
- River Blackwater and The Cove Brook
- River Cole and Dorcan Brook
- River Devon and Smite in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
- River Hogsmill area from Ewell to Kingston upon Thames
- River Leen and Day Brook in Nottinghamshire
- River Maun in Nottinghamshire
- River Mole and its tributaries from Kinnersley Manor to South Hersham
- River Steeping
- River Trent Tributaries in Nottinghamshire
- River Wandle area in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton
- Slough Watercourses
- The River Bure, Spixworth Beck and surrounding Becks
- The River Glaven through Hunworth, Thornage and Letheringsett
- Upper River Loddon
- Upper River Mole, Ifield Brook, Gatwick Stream, Burstow Stream and Salfords Stream
- Upper River Wey
- Upper Teme
What are the worst floods in recent history?
- 1947 – Britain was hit by ‘the perfect storm’. Over 100,000 homes were directly affected by flooding and over 750,000 hectares were submerged.
- 1953 – The North Sea Flood drowned 326 people in the UK at the end of January 1953. Flooding forced 30,000 people to be evacuated from their homes.
- 1987 – The Great Storm of 1987 led to 18 people losing their lives, with the damage costing over £1billion.
- 1990 – The Burn’s Day Storm hit southern Scotland, causing the death of 47 people. Damage was widespread, with power supplies cut and roads and railways blocked.
- 2000 – The Met Office called it the “wettest autumn on record”. More than 10,000 homes were flooded, with an estimated £billion worth of damage.
- 2013 – Thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes after what was considered the stormiest December since 1969
- 2015/2016 – Storm Desmond hit the Tyne, Lune and Eden, affecting 16,000 properties.
Check UK weather warnings
Has the UK been hit with thunderstorms recently?
Relentless thunderstorms and more than a month’s rain blasted some parts of Kent and East Sussex overnight on June 10.
The rain is set to continue – with Met Office yellow weather warnings in place until Thursday (June 13) at the earliest.
The Met Office has warned of spells of heavy and persistent rain with the potential for flooding an disruption.
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