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3 Flood Risk Management Helping us help you Gordon Trapmore - Flood & Coastal Risk Manager Devon & Cornwall Kevin Barnes - Flood Resilience Team Leader Devon & Cornwall Liz Fraser - Flood Resilience Officer Devon & Cornwall

4 Outline Flood risk and the impacts of climate change Managing flood risk Flood preparation and warning Flood awareness and working with communities

5 Flood risk

6 Impacts of climate change Over 2.5 million properties in England and Wales are at risk from flooding from rivers and the sea. We expect flood risk to increase as climate change influences rainfall patterns. We expect significantly more rain to fall in winter and more of it to fall in short, heavy bursts. Heavier downpours are also likely in the summer.

7 Sea level rise will increase coastal flooding. Increased flooding and coastal erosion will affect people, properties, infrastructure and the environment.

8 Adapting to climate change requires innovation and flexibility. This may include considering alternative options to flood defence schemes.

9 Flash floods Surface water flooding Besides flooding from rivers and the sea...

10 What is flash flooding? Caused by intense rainfall. Have the potential to be very destructive. Key features: Happens quickly Fast deep flowing water Often associated with debris Nationally consistent study to identify catchments at risk of flash flooding Project team set up to work with communities at risk.

11 Groundwater flooding Sewer / drain flooding Reservoir flooding Other sources...

12 St Blazey, Mevagissey And Lostwithiel November 2010

13 Managing flood risk

14 Flood Management Build and maintain defences Restrict development Forecast and warn Map flood risk Promote awareness Work with emergency responders Work with communities

15 Through flood risk management, we can reduce the probability of flooding from rivers and the sea through the management of land, river systems, and flood and coastal defences. We also work to reduce the damage floods can do through effective land use planning, flood warning and emergency responses.

16 Flood preparation and warning

17 Upstream of St Blazey pumping station

18 Preparing with others Multi Agency Flood Plans High Risk Community Flood Plans Local Community Flood Plans Local Resilience Forum Category 1 & 2 responders Lead Local Flood Authorities Cornwall Council Parish Councils Community Representatives

19 Warning Flood Forecasting Centre – partnership between the Met Office & the Environment Agency. The Flood Guidance Statement. Provides information for Category 1 and 2 responders to help with their emergency planning. It presents an overview of the flood risk for England and Wales across five days and identifies possible severe weather, which could cause flooding.

20 Flood Warning Service Floodline Warnings Direct Floodline Stay alert Stay vigilant Early precautions Flooding expected Take action Protect yourselves & your property Significant risk to life Significant disruption to communities Protect yourselves

21 Prime Minister’s challenge after November 2010 Cornwall floods: share more information with the public. Pilot early flood warning system with two communities: St Blazey and Mevagissey. Communities themselves make informed decisions on potential flood risk.

22 Flood awareness and working with communities

23 Flood awareness Find out if your property is at flood risk. Floodline Acknowledge it! Take steps to manage your flood risk.

24 How we can help What to do before, during and after a flood. Three day flood risk forecast and rivers and sea levels online. Your responsibilities if you live next to a river.

25 Talk to you and your communities about your flood risk. Provide guidance and support to develop flood plans and flood groups.

26 Community Flood Plans It provides practical advice and information about what to do if it floods. Clarifies roles and responsibilities during a flood.

27 Other resources Met Office. National Flood Forum. FloodGroup UK. Know Your Flood Risk.

28 Summary Flood risk and how we manage it. Preparing for it and how we warn. How we can work together to minimise flood risk.

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