Flood Warnings & Forecasts
Improvements to the EA flood warning service were announced at the end of 2010 and these include:
- New flood icons and messages which are easier to understand, provide more local information and give clearer guidance about what people need to do
- Locally specific information such as the time when flooding is expected, tide heights and what locations will be affected
- A three day forecast in relation to flood risk from rivers, the sea and heavy rain which could lead to surface water flooding
- Flood warning updates via RSS feeds (find out more at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/fwd)
- The Flood Protection Grant Scheme
The results of the scheme showed that:
- Given information and support, householders and businesses were capable of and keen to manage their own flood protection measures
- General levels of anxiety about flooding were reduced
- The project acted as a catalyst for local collective action
- Local leaders were a vital part of the emergency response network
In March 2011, DEFRA and the Welsh Assembly Government will conduct a large-scale emergency flooding exercise across England and Wales. The exercise, commissioned by the Environment Agency, is designed to test responses to severe, wide-area flooding. It will also test the effectiveness of measures recommended in Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods.
Exercise Watermark will use scenarios based on severe weather conditions including flooding from the sea, rivers, surface water and reservoirs. Participants will include central government departments, Local Authorities, the Ministry of Defence and many community-based groups.
Find out how you can get involved and about events near you at http://www.exercisewatermark.co.uk/en/homepage.aspx
The FIND flooding data package offers a comprehensive set of tools to help you evaluate flood risk to your development or property. Further details can be found at