Flooding in the UK

Climate breakdown will make flooding in the UK worse.

In recent years, we've seen the devastation flooding has caused across the nation. From Yorkshire to Kent, communities have been left struggling to cope.

We desperately need greater protection against future floods.

Photo of re-flooded peat workings, Thorne & Hatfield Moor

Why is flooding getting worse?

The planet is warming at an unprecedented rate. As a result, sea levels have risen faster over the past 100 years than for at least 3,000 years and that the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events have increased.

We have also damaged England’s resilience to flooding by degrading the environment. By draining peat bogs, removing hedgerows, destroying salt marshes, concreting green spaces in urban areas and building on flood plains we have undermined the ability of the natural environment to cope.

Photo of re-flooded peat workings, Thorne & Hatfield Moor
People being rescued from a flood in a dingy

Is it possible to stop flooding?

Back in 2016 the UK government pledged £15 million for natural flood defences in England, following our campaign for better flood management, and the Welsh government has subsequently allocated £2 million in Wales.

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.
People being rescued from a flood in a dingy
Flooding in Richmond, UK

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 has information on what to do if a flood is coming, help during a flood, and what to do afterwards.

Flooding in Richmond, UK