Understanding Flood Risk

It is important to understand the type and extent of flood risk to your home as flooding can come from a variety of sources:

  • Rivers
  • Sea
  • Surface water
  • Groundwater
  • Sewers and drains blocked or overloaded
  • Blocked ditches and drainage channels
  • Burst pipes

Knowing the type of flooding risk helps with planning suitable measures that can reduce potential damage.

The Environment Agency’s website provides information on which areas are vulnerable to river and coastal flooding.

Much flood damage now occurs from surface-water flooding and local authorities are currently preparing surface water flood risk management maps.

You could also investigate whether flooding has occurred before in your area. The local authority may have records of past flooding events with details of what caused the flooding and how high the flood waters rose. Your local community may also be a valuable source of information on past flooding events and whether there is currently a concern about flooding.

Flooding and Historic Buildings

Published 30 April 2015

This guidance is designed to assist those who live in, own or manage historic buildings that are threatened by flooding. Advice is provided on preventative measures as well as on the inspection, conservation and repair of historic buildings after flooding.


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