The past month has seen a topical surge in flooding news – here we highlight some of the adaptation themes.
The National Flood Forum (NFF) has added to its suite of resources for individuals looking to reduce their flood risk. The NFF’s online ‘Property Protection Advisor’ aims to provide information on the costs of implementing measures to keep flood water out of buildings. NFF is planning extend the range of resources available to help individuals and communities.
The Environment Agency has revised its flood risk maps, which show the areas of England and Wales at risk of flooding from rivers and sea, surface water and reservoirs. Note that ‘live’ flood warnings and maps are elsewhere on the Environment Agency site. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency have also just released new flood risk maps with guidance on how to use them.
Some recent media stories have considered the benefits of using natural defences to protect against flooding. The examples show how using natural systems (such as meadows and wetlands) can be a more effective way of protecting communities than typical engineering solutions.
- BBC: Back-to-nature flood schemes need ‘government leadership’
- The Conversation: Restore our meadows, a most cost-effective flood defence
- Climate News Network: Natural defences can best protect coasts
- Eureka Alert: Sea level rise and shoreline changes are lead influences on floods from tropical cyclones
- The Guardian: Flood defenders go back to nature to keep vulnerable homes dry
- The Guardian: Farmers in Wales show how judicious planting helps reduce downstream floods