Flood Risk! How do I find out if my property is in a flood risk area?

Am I at risk of flooding?  What is the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea in my area? The Environment Agency Flood Map will help you find out!

You can use the FLOOD MAP on the Environment Agency’s website to quickly find the predicted risk of flooding in your area from rivers and the sea, put please be aware that you could be at risk from flooding from other sources in addition to these.  When you click on the map, it will be centred on Wolsingham in Weardale, County Durham, but you can type in your own town name or post code to see the map for your area.

The Environment Agency state that the most common sources of flooding are:

  • River flooding – Occurs when a watercourse cannot cope with water draining into it from the surrounding land.
  • Coastal flooding – Results from a combination of high tides and stormy conditions.
  • Surface water flooding – Occurs when heavy rainfall overwhelms the drainage capacity of the local area.
  • Sewer flooding -Occurs when sewers are overwhelmed by heavy rainfall or when they are blocked.
  • Groundwater flooding – Occurs when water levels in the ground rise above surface levels.
  • Reservoir flooding – Some reservoirs hold large volumes of water above ground level, contained by walls, or ‘dams’.  Although the safety record for reservoirs is excellent, it is still possible that a dam could fail. This would result in a large volume of water being released very quickly.

The above is a brief outline, extended  information on if you are at risk of flooding, how flood risk is managed, flood warnings, how you can be prepared, what to do when it floods, Hhw flood risk is managed and river & sea levels in your area can be found on the Environment Agency’s Website at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/.