Exceptionally low rainfall, soil moisture and river flows in May mean the UK may be on course for a significant drought this summer, just weeks after some record high flows and widespread flooding, according to experts at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).
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Discussion about ways to manage flood risk in an ever changing climate, with a focus on the Ullswater and River Eden valleys, but with relevance to anyone in the UK dealing with flooding within their own communities.
Is dredging an answer to the recent flooding? A reality check
When major floods occur, like this winter, there is a commonly heard call to “dredge the rivers!” as a solution. Here’s a quick run through why it’s not the solution many want it to be, with reference to a report we published following the winter 2013/14 floods which impacted the Somerset Levels particularly badly, amongst other areas, and led to extensive calls for more dredging as a solution.
Flooding has become a big issue after large parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire were left underwater after huge rainfall totals in the last week.
There have been calls for more flood defences but flood walls, gates and ditches tend to push flood waters from one place to another. Instead, there is a growing recognition that floods can also be controlled by natural means.
Sir James Bevan KCMG, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, has warned that surface water is the UK’s biggest flood risk and highlighted potentially dire consequences if action is not stepped up to tackle the issue.
This guide contains helpful information about flooding risks, how flood can affect the value of one's home or property, and offer some practical tips on flood preparation and safety. Have a look at the guidance:
As part of the second phase of the Exeter Flood Protection works BAM Nuttall installed a new flood compensation area. The original design was modified, reducing the quantity of block stone along the waterline by installing Salix's 250mm deep Ready-filled Rock Mattress.
BAM Nuttall found that the installation of the Ready-filled Rock Mattress revetment was a value engineering solution due to the speed of installation and lower cost, replacing the initial blockstone design.
Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report, Present and Future Flood Vulnerability, Risk and Disadvantage: A UK Assessment highlight how flood risks interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change.
This guidance provides helpful information on flood damage, how to plan for a flood, and lots of other useful tips to keep safe and minimise the effects of flood damage to your home.
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