Magazine article Geographical

Risk of Flooding to Rise

Magazine article Geographical

Risk of Flooding to Rise

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Increasing evidence that climatic change is intensifying the likelihood of flooding has led the Environment Agency to change flood warning codes in Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The yellow, amber and red codes have been replaced by Flood Watch, Flood Warning, Severe Flood Warning and All Clear.

The change follows research findings which suggested these could be more easily understood. As the climate changes, scientists are predicting that floods may become far more serious and commonplace, as tides rise higher and storms become more intense. Southern communities are more likely to experience rainfall of monsoon intensity. In addition to this, southern England is sinking by six millimetres a year.

Twenty-five people have died as a result of floods in the past two years, while thousands more have had to cope with devastating loss and damage of homes and possessions. Awareness is increasing, yet only one person in 20 makes any sort of flood preparation, and over a third of those at risk do not know whether or not their insurance will cover them. …

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