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.
Why's 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 they have for at least 3,000 years, and the frequency and intensity of heavy precipitation events have increased.
We've also damaged the UK’s resilience to flooding by degrading the environment. By draining peat bogs, removing hedgerows, destroying salt marshes, concreting green spaces and building on flood plains, we've undermined the ability of the natural environment to cope.
Flooding hotspots in England and Wales
Is your community at high risk for flooding? Enter your postcode in the map below to see what’s going on in your area.
This interactive map highlights over 3,000 socially vulnerable communities that are most at risk from flooding due to their location and lack of flood defences. Typically, these areas are home to higher numbers of older and disabled people, who are likely to need more support when floods hit. And 35% of those living in these neighbourhoods are people of colour.
The map can also be toggled to display neighbourhoods most vulnerable to extreme heat.
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. The Welsh Government subsequently allocated £2 million in Wales as well.
But to defend the UK from floods and extreme weather, governments must do more, including:
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.