Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teams Work to End Nightmare of Floods; Water Flooding Can Be Devastating, Happen Quickly and without Warning. but Who Looks out for Your Business and Property, Protecting Them from Flooding, and How Do They Do It? Amy Hunt Finds Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teams Work to End Nightmare of Floods; Water Flooding Can Be Devastating, Happen Quickly and without Warning. but Who Looks out for Your Business and Property, Protecting Them from Flooding, and How Do They Do It? Amy Hunt Finds Out

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Byline: Amy Hunt

THERE are rivers and streams all over the North-East. And there are also lots of houses, schools and businesses close to these. When it rains heavily property and lives can be put at risk from flooding.

Preventing floods is likely to become even more of a challenge in the future, as climate change increases rainfall in the region as well as tempera tures.

The Environment Agency works across England and Wales to reduce the likelihood of flooding, by managing land, river and coastal systems and flood defences. While it does everything it can to reduce the chance of flooding, it is a natural process and can never be eliminated.

There are more than 175,000 businesses on floodplains in England and Wales. Flooding can be 30 times as costly as being burgled, with flood water destroying everything in its path.

By taking action to prepare for flooding, most businesses can save 20 to 90% on the cost of lost stock and movable equipment, as well as much of the trouble and stress that goes with such an event.

Floodline Warnings Direct (FWD) is a free service provided by the Environment Agency for people living and working in areas at risk.

The service sends flood warnings to home and property owners by telephone, mobile phone text, email or pager. Those who sign up also get practical advice on preparing for a flood and what to do if one happens.

A visit to the Environment Agency's website (www.environment-agency.gov.uk) with your postcode handy can also tell you if you should be worried about flooding from a river or the sea.

Flooding can also occur from a number of other sources, such as groundwater, land or from sewers and drains (known as surface water flooding).

But how does the Environment Agency know where river or coastal flooding is going to happen, before it happens? Well, rainfall and river gauges are positioned to keep an eye on how much rain is falling and where, whether the river levels are rising and to give warnings about possible floods. …

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