In the build-up to bad weather or storms like Hurricane Lorenzo, the news is full of warnings about the risk of flooding. But what are these warnings? We’ve put together a quick guide answering this question and to help you be better prepared for when flooding does occur.
There are three main types of warning put out by the environment agency when there is a risk of flooding:
Flooding is possible – be prepared
Triggers include forecasts of intense rainfall for rivers that respond rapidly and high tides with strong winds
Flooding is expected – immediate action required
Triggers include high tides with strong winds and heavy rain forecast to cause flash flooding of rivers
Severe Flood Warning
Severe flooding – threat to life
Triggers include actual flooding where conditions pose a significant risk to life and/or widespread disruption to communities
There are numerous websites that provide information on flood warnings. Unfortunately there is no one website for all of the UK, but services that cover each constituent nation. We’ve picked some of the best links to help you find out if you’re impacted by the warnings.
Flood Warnings for England: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/warnings
Flood Warnings in Wales:https://naturalresources.wales/flooding/check-flood-warnings/?lang=en
Flood Warnings in Scotland: https://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodupdates/
Flood Warnings in Northern Ireland: https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/Northern_Ireland_-_Live_Flood_Warnings_Weather_related_incidents_/b5tcCpgGqK
Want to know more? The Environment Agency has an in-depth guide – detailing when the warnings are used and advice for individuals and organisations – which is available here.