Sunderland flooding

Flooding in the UK

Flooding in the UK

Climate breakdown will make flooding in the UK worse, and it's already a huge problem.

We've already seen devastating floods hit much of the country including the Midlands and Yorkshire, leaving communities struggling to cope. We desperately need greater protection against future floods.

Visit our flood map to see which areas are most at risk.

Flooding map of England and Wales

Trees - a natural flood defence

Right now, communities are facing the reality of climate chaos. People living along the recently flooded banks of the rivers Don, Avon, Trent, Derwent and others. MPs have declared a climate emergency. Now it's time for action. We urgently need more trees across the UK. As well as absorbing carbon emissions and supporting wildlife, trees aid flood protection by slowing the flow of water and stabilising soils. Help us demand action to double UK tree cover.

How can we stop flooding?

Due to our 2016 campaign for better flood management the UK government pledged £15 million for natural flood defences.

But to defend the UK from floods and extreme weather government must do more, including:

  • Invest more in flood defences, both natural (such as doubling tree cover) and man-made.
  • Tackle climate change at root – stop burning fossil fuels and power up with clean energy.
  • Produce a new National Climate Resilience Plan.

Help in a flood

Are you concerned about the risk of flooding in your area? Or need help during or after a flood?

The UK government website has information on how to get help during a flood, preparing for a flood and what to do after a flood.