Case Study

Flood Risk and Resilience

Newground’s flood team offer a wide range of flood resilience support to help individuals, communities and businesses across Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire better understand their flood risk and help to plan for any future flood events. This support is delivered on behalf of the Environment Agency and we also work with Local Authorities and other agencies to communicate problems and look at possible solutions to help manage flooding.

Even if your business or community has never flooded before, it is important to take steps to prepare. Flooding can come from a variety of sources and recently extreme rainfall has caused surface water and sewer flooding to areas away from rivers that may never have suffered from flooding in the past and as a result they were not prepared. Taking some steps to prepare now could dramatically reduce the impact of a flood in the future, even though you might think it may never happen.

Environment Agency Flood Support

For over 15 years Newground has delivered flood programmes for the Environment Agency and following the December 2015 floods a new flood resilience programme has been developed to further support communities at risk of flooding.

Newground is supporting communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. The programme of work involves:

  • Deliver community resilience activities alongside risk management authorities.
  • Provide advice and support to encourage individuals, businesses and communities to plan for future flood events through household, business and community flood plans.
  • Work with other organisations and agencies to promote the benefits of upstream flood management and raise awareness of these projects. 
  • Provide a range of resources to help people better understand their flood risk and prepare for future flood events.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of online flood warnings and river monitoring information.

How we help

Community flood engagement

Newground’s flood team work with individuals and communities to increase their flood resilience. Through engagement events and community meetings, helping people to access funding and improve awareness of products and services available to better protect communities from flooding.

Community schemes

The flood team continues to support communities across the North West to develop community flood schemes to increase resilience. Our team also offer community flood planning assistance and our consultants are able to deliver site specific training for community groups to help better prepare the community.

Business flood planning

Newground offer a business flood plan development service to build business resilience to climate change and extreme weather events, through providing a better understanding of the risk that flooding presents. We offer advice and practical support to develop a flood emergency plan for before during and after a flood event. As well as offering ongoing support to fully develop procedures and providing the option of site specific awareness training for staff.

Property level flood resilience surveys

We are able to carry out property level flood resilience surveys for both residential and business properties, helping people to understand their flood risk and the various flood resistance and resilience measures that can be implemented to reduce the impact of flooding. We provide impartial advice and are not associated with any product suppliers or flood resilience companies. 


The flooding page on Newground’s Knowledge Centre covers a wide range of topics around flooding and flood resilience, with helpful infographics, resources such as flood plans and blog articles on the latest news.


Newground are able to consult with clients to develop design and implement Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). A natural approach to managing drainage systems with the aim of reducing flood risk, reducing water pollution improving habitats and providing green spaces.

Meet the Flood Risk and Resilience Team

Christina Worsley


Tel: 01254 265163

Andy Ainsworth

Flood Engagement Advisor

Tel: 01254 265163

Graeme Hazard

Flood Engagement Advisor

Tel: 01254 265163

Lucy Crawford

Flood Engagement Officer

Tel: 07834 753552

Emma Lofthouse

Flood Engagement Officer

Tel: 07736508037