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Does Natural Flood Management fit in the Urban Environment

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With towns and cities home to the majority of the UK’s population, demand on drainage systems has increased significantly over the years. While localised hard engineering schemes such as improvements to culverts, highway drainage and sewers have their place, upgrading these systems is both expensive and disruptive. With the number of homes at risk of flooding set to double to around 10 million in only 30 years time, it is critical that we do all that we can now to try and alleviate the demand on traditional drainage infrastructure.

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How to reduce the impact of flooding

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Read our top 5 ways to prepare for a flooding event, to protect your home or business and increase your individual and community flood resilience.

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Working with your community to increase resilience to flooding and other emergencies.

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So far in 2018, there have been significant events and weather conditions that have highlighted the importance of community resilience. The more organised a community is, the more resilient it can be to the impacts of an emergency situation. Communities can also plan for adverse events in advance and be aware of the potential impacts. Setting up community groups who work together to provide local residents with information on emergency events and how to respond, are also useful for increasing resilience, for example, information could be in the form of flood advice or a community emergency plan.

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Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) – Alleviating demand on water supplies and future flood risk.

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With record breaking temperatures and low rainfall, there has been a significant impact on river and reservoir levels. In the North West of England, the lack of rain means that a hosepipe ban will come into place and the Environment Agency are preparing for a drought. Sustainable drainage systems are one way to reduce the demand on water supplies by harvesting rainwater all year round, with the added benefit of reducing flood risk in the wetter months.

Summer Fire And Flood Blog

Will the dry summer increase flood risk?

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The recent run of warm weather has encouraged more people to get out into the countryside and other popular tourist resorts to enjoy the sunshine. But while we may be enjoying the prolonged summer there are various side effects to be aware of, including potential consequences for flooding.

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How alternative sandbags improve flood protection

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For many years, traditional sandbags using hessian sacks have often been the most popular method of preventing flood water from entering and inundating properties or an area of land. However, over time, alternative sandbags have now been developed and identified as a better substitute for traditional sandbags. By purchasing these in advance of a flood, it will enable you to prepare for a future flood effectively and improve your resilience against flooding.

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Green Roofs - Environmental Benefits and Flood Alleviation

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Does your property have a flat or low pitched roof? If so, the next time you notice a leak or need to re-roof, you may wish to consider a different approach and try a green roof! Not only can they reduce surface water runoff and help to alleviate flooding, but they have a host of environmental and ecological benefits too. Read on to find out more...

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