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Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Things to Consider

Posted: 14/06/24

Oils and Greases diverted from North West Sewers

Posted: 10/06/24

2.5 million litres of cooking fats and oils which is enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool have been saved from being washed down the drains of thousands of food service establishments like fish and chip shops, cafes, takeaways and catering kitchens across the North West.

Warm May and spring for the UK

Posted: 05/06/24

The UK had its warmest May and meteorological spring on record according to provisional Met Office figures in what was also a wet and dull season for many.

Gaitsgill Community Drop-in

Posted: 03/06/24

Officers from Cumberland Council's Community Development Team and the Environment Agency will be available in the Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill

Farming Recovery Fund expanded

Posted: 24/05/24

Further support for farmers hit by flooding and exceptional wet weather over this winter has been made available today (Friday 24 May) as part of the Farming Recovery Fund, with £50 million to cover farms of all sizes across the country.  

Preston and South Ribble flood scheme wins award

Posted: 17/05/24

The Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme has won a Considerate Constructors Scheme 2024 National Site Award.

Cumbrian village receives 150 water butts

Posted: 14/05/24

Residents in a small Cumbrian village are helping to play their part in improving water quality in the River Gowan and River Kent, by installing water butts on their properties.

The Flood Hub’s Business Flood Resilience Focus Week

Posted: 30/04/24

During 13th – 17th May, The Flood Hub is running their ‘Business Flood Resilience Focus Week’.

Spring starts with a mild and wet March

Posted: 24/04/24

Meteorological spring kicked off with a mild and wet month of weather for the UK, with southern areas particularly wet compared to average. 

The Flood Hubs ‘Property Flood Resilience (PFR)’ Focus week

Posted: 19/04/24

From Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th May, The Flood Hub is running their Property Flood Resilience (PFR) focus week.

Rainwater Capture Cube at RHS Urban reveals thinking ‘inside the box’ to tackle flooding

Posted: 19/04/24

As partners within the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (North West RFCC), the Environment Agency, United Utilities, and Lancashire County Council are proud to be featuring at the brand new RHS Urban show.

Government opens fund to support farmers affected by flooding

Posted: 12/04/24

Fund will support farmers who suffered uninsurable damage to their land due to flooding earlier this year with grants of between £500 and £25,000

Lloyds Banking Group makes £50k investment in project aiming to reduce flood risk in Keswick

Posted: 02/04/24

Project to reduce flood risk to Keswick gains support from major investor. 

Alt Catchment NFM bid success

Posted: 02/04/24

Mersey Rivers Trust are thrilled to announce that their £2.1m bid to the Environment Agency’s Natural Flood Management (NFM) programme has been successful!

25-year plan in the pipeline to ‘’re-plumb’ North West sewers

Posted: 26/03/24

United Utilities has published a road map (12th March 2024) showing how it will deliver cleaner rivers, beaches and lakes across the North West – the biggest investment of its kind in the UK.

Rural Payments Agency opens claim windows for farm payments for 2024

Posted: 15/03/24

The claim window for existing Countryside Stewardship (CS) revenue and Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements has opened on Thursday 14 March.

The Flood Hub’s ‘Flood Risk and Planning’ Focus Week

Posted: 14/03/24

From 18th – 22nd March, we are hosting a Flood Risk and Planning Focus Week across our social media accounts.

More climate records fall in world’s warmest February

Posted: 07/03/24

Last month was the world's warmest February in modern times, the EU's climate service says, extending the run of monthly records to nine in a row.

Warmest February on record for England and Wales

Posted: 07/03/24

England and Wales had their respective warmest Februarys on record according to provisional Met Office statistics in what was a mild and wet month for many.

The Flood Hub’s Riparian Ownership: What is it? Focus Week

Posted: 19/02/24

This focus week will raise awareness around riparian ownership and include how to check if you are one, what it means if you are and the roles and responsibilities which come with being a riparian owner.

Successful Completion of Ravenglass Flood Alleviation Project

Posted: 31/01/24

Cumberland Council is delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the flood alleviation works in Ravenglass, marking a significant milestone in enhancing the resilience of the community to potential flood events.

One in thirteen new homes built in flood zone

Posted: 30/01/24

New analysis by the UK’s largest home insurer, Aviva, reveals that one in thirteen (8%) new homes built in England in the last ten years are in a flood zone, the equivalent of almost 110,000 homes.

Has the UK seen the last of this winter’s storms?

Posted: 29/01/24

This week has seen two powerful storms, Isha and Jocelyn, batter the UK leaving two people dead and bringing significant disruption including power cuts, plane and train cancellations and school closures.

2023 confirmed as world’s hottest year on record

Posted: 10/01/24

The year 2023 has been confirmed as the warmest on record, driven by human-caused climate change and boosted by the natural El Niño weather event

January flooding in England

Posted: 10/01/24

The Environment Agency is warning people to take care during the ongoing flooding

The Flood Hub are hosting a ‘Managing Flood Risk – Who’s Involved’ Focus Week

Posted: 09/01/24

From Monday 15th – Friday 19th January we are hosting a ‘Managing Flood Risk – Who’s Involved’ Focus Week looking at the various stakeholders involved in flood risk management and the role that they undertake.

Government payments for communities affected by flooding

Posted: 08/01/24

Flood-hit communities can now apply for thousands of pounds from the government to help them recover.

Ensure you’re Winter Ready

Posted: 14/12/23

The Old Court House, Cockermouth, Community Update, December 2023

Posted: 04/12/23

An Environment Agency community update about the flood risk in Cockermouth

The Flood Hub’s Community Flood Resilience Focus Week 2023

Posted: 21/11/23

Join us for our upcoming Community Flood Resilience Focus Week taking place from Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December. Follow the focus week on our social media platforms:

Environment Agency Flood Action Week: Households need to know their flood risk after 2023’s record-breaking weather

Posted: 20/11/23

This Flood Action Week (20-26 November) the Environment Agency is urging people to prepare for increased weather extremes.

How to Stay Safe when Flooding Occurs

Posted: 16/11/23

Windermere residents invited to view United Utilities water investment plans

Posted: 14/11/23

Residents who live in and around Windermere are being invited to find out more about proposals to improve water quality in the lake.

Lancashire to benefit from £2.4m peatlands investment

Posted: 09/11/23

Lancashire is set to benefit from a £2.4million investment into restoring its peatlands, which are vital for reducing the county's carbon levels, as well as a haven for wildlife.

United Utilities shares its upgrade plans for Hest Bank

Posted: 06/11/23

United Utilities is inviting people in the Hest Bank area of Lancashire to find out more about their plan to improve the quality of water in Hatlex Beck.

The Old Court House, Cockermouth, Community Update, October 2023

Posted: 27/10/23

An Environment Agency community update about the flood risk in Cockermouth

Government announces support for flood-hit areas

Posted: 27/10/23

Thousands of pounds of Government funding to help communities recover from the impact of Storm Babet.

A day spent at Fylde Sand Dunes planting Christmas Trees

Posted: 24/10/23

Residents in the dark about risks posed by flooding

Posted: 24/10/23

UK residents are unaware of the ways they can protect their homes from flooding and other types of extreme weather, according to new research from Aviva.

The Flood Hub’s Coastal Flooding and Erosion Focus week

Posted: 24/10/23

From 30th October – 5th November, we are hosting a Coastal Flooding and Erosion Focus Week.

Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) Independent Member Recruitment Campaign is now live!

Posted: 24/10/23

The North West RFCC is currently recruiting for three roles as part of the campaign.

£2.5 million on offer in latest round of Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund

Posted: 23/10/23

The eighth round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund has opened for applications today, the government has announced (23 October 2023).

Environment Agency update on the Old Courthouse Building, Cockermouth – Temporary Change to the Flood Warning Threshold

Posted: 20/10/23

The Environment Agency have released an update about the temporary change to the flood warning threshold as a result of the partial collapse of the Old Courthouse Building

A Quick Guide to Household Flood Insurance

Posted: 19/10/23

Environment Agency update on the Old Courthouse Building, Cockermouth

Posted: 18/10/23

The Environment Agency have released an update on the partial collapse of the Old Courthouse Building, which occurred on the 8th October.

United Utilities’ graduates work with housing developers to create water efficient homes

Posted: 13/10/23

A team of graduates at United Utilities has teamed up with Penrith-based Atkinson Building Contractors to create a pair of highly water efficient homes.

Record £13.7bn investment in the pipeline for North West

Posted: 02/10/23

United Utilities today publishes an ambitious £13.7 billion investment plan to deliver cleaner rivers, more reliable water supplies and extra support for customers struggling with bills in the North West.

New bans and restrictions on polluting single-use plastics come into force

Posted: 02/10/23

Some of the most polluting single-use plastic items banned from 1 October

£25 million for projects using nature to increase flood resilience

Posted: 22/09/23

£25 million will be invested in projects that use nature to protect communities from flooding, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow announced today (22 September).

The Flood Hub’s ‘Flood Aware? Plan and Prepare’ Focus week

Posted: 18/09/23

From Monday 25th – Friday 29th September 2023 we are hosting 'Flood Aware? Plan & Prepare,' Focus week! This focus week aims provide helpful insights on effective ways to plan, prepare, and increase your resilience against flooding.

Council proposes to mitigate flood risk with new planning guidance

Posted: 14/09/23

Cheshire East Council aims to introduce a new planning document, setting out the council’s proposals for mitigating flood risk, harnessing rainwater capture, and living with changing weather patterns.

United Utilities says a big thank you to Leigh’s block-busters

Posted: 04/09/23

Thank you Leigh – that’s the message from United Utilities after a reduction in the number of sewer blockages in the town.

Storm Names 23/24

Posted: 01/09/23

The Met Office Storm Names for 2023/24 have been announced!

Posted: 01/09/23

The storm names for the 2023/24 storm names have been announced by the Met Office, in partnership with Met Éireann and KNMI.

Peatlands set to be restored to help tackle climate change

Posted: 30/08/23

Twelve new projects receive £16 million to restore thousands of hectares of peatlands across England.

United Utilities helps allotment holders in Ramsbottom

Posted: 24/08/23

For a number of years, the allotment holders at Peel Brow in the town have struggled with water supply issues from the local spring during the drier summer months.

The Flood Hub volunteer with South Cumbria Rivers Trust and Natural England on their Leaky Dam Creation Day

Posted: 17/08/23

The Flood Hub teamed up with South Cumbria Rivers Trust & Natural England to build leaky dams in the beautiful Roudsea Wood and Mosses Nature Reserve.

Beaver-like dams can protect communities from flooding

Posted: 14/08/23

River barriers similar to those built by beavers can protect communities at risk of flooding, a study has found.

United Utilities helps North West’s growers save water and boost crops this National Allotments Week

Posted: 08/08/23

This National Allotments Week (7th to 13th August) United Utilities is helping growers save water and boost their crops thanks to water butts that have been installed over the past few months.

United Utilities offers residents in Wrea Green a free smart water butt

Posted: 08/08/23

Homeowners in Wrea Green are being offered a free smart water butt as part of a project to explore new solutions to reduce flooding in the village.

Record breaking 2022 indicative of future UK climate

Posted: 01/08/23

2022 was a record-breaking year for weather and is a sign of the UK’s changing climate.

Nature recovery projects to boost wildlife and access to nature

Posted: 28/07/23

Curlews, short-snouted seahorses and natterjack toads set to be benefit as six nature recovery projects are launched.

Dam good news for Cheshire’s beaver family!

Posted: 21/07/23

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the arrival of three new beaver kits born at Hatchmere Nature Reserve near Delamere Forest.

Cheshire’s reintroduced beavers breed for second time

Posted: 18/07/23

A pair of beavers that were released into the wild have bred for the second time, the Cheshire Wildlife Trust said.

Transforming how water is managed in Greater Manchester

Posted: 06/07/23

A new plan will see the Greater Manchester Combined Authority extend partnership working with United Utilities and the Environment Agency to transform the way water is managed across the city-region so it is better prepared for the changing climate.   

New investment in peat in fight against climate change

Posted: 29/06/23

On 29 June 2023, the government announced new investment and actions to improve lowland peat and reduce carbon emissions.

Water butts to help boost crops and conserve resources at Birkdale allotments

Posted: 29/06/23

Dozens of water butts have been installed at Birkdale allotments in Southport to help growers make the most of the rainfall, reduce their use of potable water, and keep their costs down.

United Utilities offers tips for gardeners in warm weather

Posted: 29/06/23

With the warm weather set to continue, United Utilities is offering advice to its ‘green fingered’ customers.

Misconceptions of Flooding

Posted: 27/06/23

The Flood Hub’s Types of Flooding Focus Week

Posted: 26/06/23

From Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2023 we are hosting a Types of Flooding Focus week! This focus week aims to spread awareness and understanding of the different types of flooding and the different authorities who are responsible for managing flood risk.

Flash Flooding

Posted: 15/06/23

Boggy blueberries battling climate change

Posted: 09/06/23

Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s pioneering Rindle wetter farming trial has a new crop – and it’s just ready for your breakfast!

Southport school ready to bloom this spring with new water efficient garden

Posted: 06/06/23

A school in Birkdale has become the latest to benefit from United Utilities’ £1.3 million Sustainable Drainage for Schools (SuDS) programme, which helps to reduce the risk of flooding by diverting rainfall away from the sewer system.

United Utilities works with housing developers to boost sustainable drainage levels in the region

Posted: 06/06/23

The first two SuDS systems adopted by United Utilities were built by Story Homes at developments in Carlisle and Wetheral, followed by a third system developed by Wrenman Strategic Land in Lancaster.

Environment Agency Chair: We need strong flood defences

Posted: 06/06/23

Environment Agency Chair Alan Lovell and Floods Minister Rebecca Pow stress importance of managing flood risks in a changing climate.

Flood Re launches ‘Be Flood Smart’ campaign in partnership with Environment Agency

Posted: 22/05/23

Flood Re, the joint initiative between the UK government and the insurance industry, has launched the ‘Be Flood Smart’ campaign in partnership with the Environment Agency.

Flooding: Toilet bungs and other prevention measures to save homes

Posted: 22/05/23

Homeowners risk complacency, expense and trauma unless they consider fitting simple flood protection measures, a new campaign will claim.

Horizons: the new Flood and Coastal Innovation Programmes eMagazine by the Environment Agency

Posted: 18/05/23

The Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Innovation Programme Team have produced and shared the first edition of their new eMagazine.

United Utilities to lead multi-million pound national programme of nature-based solutions to help improve water treatment

Posted: 16/05/23

United Utilities has today announced that it will be leading an £8.9m national programme to bring more nature-based solutions into the water sector.

Slaidburn pupils plant oak trees to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles

Posted: 09/05/23

Pupils from Brennands Endowed Primary School in Slaidburn joined forces with United Utilities to plant 50 oak trees to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

Further protections for England’s coastal waterways

Posted: 09/05/23

Consultation to expand storm overflow reduction targets to cover all coasts, estuaries and marine protected sites.

Wildflowers seeds for every primary school class in honour of the Coronation.

Posted: 09/05/23

To mark the Coronation all state funded primary schools will be sent wildflower seeds, inspired by His Majesty The King’s love of nature.

Rivercraft 2: The game engaging young people on flood risk

Posted: 09/05/23

Rivercraft 2 will help to educate children and young people about the risks of flooding - and inspire them to careers where they can make a difference

The Environment Agency (EA) have launched a new project with Hello Lamp Post

Posted: 04/05/23

The project will enable people in the community to interact with, learn and feed back on topics such as flood risk and climate change in the area.

West Kirby Flood Alleviation Scheme Flood Wall Update

Posted: 28/04/23

The final pre-cast concrete section of wall was installed on South Parade yesterday (27th April) meaning the construction of the flood wall at West Kirby is complete.

Dam fine work: record number of barrier removals helps restore rivers across Europe.

Posted: 26/04/23

More than 300 barriers were taken down last year, boosting the health of waterways and the wildlife they support, say experts.

Storm overflow target to be enshrined in law

Posted: 26/04/23

The government's target to reduce storm overflows will be enshrined in law.

How ‘rewiggling’ Swindale Beck brought its fish back

Posted: 26/04/23

The RSPB and its partners have successfully reintroduced fish to Swindale Beck in England after a project to recreate the river's original, meandering path.

Natural Flood Management solutions bring range of benefits for two Mersey Forest sites

Posted: 25/04/23

Natural Flood Management (NFM) aims to reduce community flood risk by protecting, restoring and mimicking the natural functions of a catchment, improving the ability of the landscape to slow and store water, reducing peak flows which cause flooding.

Natural Flood Management Performance Monitoring Report, Dovenby Bund

Posted: 20/04/23

A new report showcasing the success of natural flood management (NFM) projects in Cumbria has been released!

The Flood Hub has joined LinkedIn!

Posted: 20/04/23

Follow us on LinkedIn, @TheFloodHub to see updates, new resources, case studies and more!

Britons who keep gardens green should get council tax cut, study suggests

Posted: 20/04/23

Move suggested to tackle rise in plastic grass and paving, which exacerbate wildlife loss, flooding and summer heat

Largest ever UK trial of smart water butts taking place in Lancashire

Posted: 19/04/23

A small village in Lancashire is now part of the UK’s biggest hi-tech drainage community thanks to United Utilities.

The Flood Hub’s Natural Flood Management focus week

Posted: 19/04/23

From the 24th -28th April, The Flood Hub is hosting a Natural Flood Management focus week!

Creature Comforts-style animation is nominated for national film award

Posted: 13/04/23

Short animated films about Natural Flood Management in Cumbria will be showcased at Learning on Screen Awards in London

Frequently Flooded Allowance: Funding for repeatedly flooded communities

Posted: 05/04/23

£100 million of funding for areas in England that have suffered repeated flooding

Plastic wet wipes ban planned in England to tackle pollution

Posted: 04/04/23

Almost all wet wipes will be banned in England under plans to tackle water pollution, environment minister Therese Coffey has told BBC News.

The Northwich Town Centre Multi-Agency Flood Emergency Plan is now available to view on The Flood Hub

Posted: 03/04/23

The primary purpose of the plan is to provide a co-ordinated multi-agency response framework to help mitigate and reduce the impact of a large-scale flood event within Northwich Town Centre.

Wettest March in over 40 years for England

Posted: 31/03/23

England has had its wettest March since 1981, with Wales and Northern Ireland also seeing one of their wettest Marches on record.

21 March 2023 – International Day of Forests

Posted: 23/03/23

Find out why the Forestry Commission are celebrating all the woodlands and forests, and the many benefits they bring.

NDA and NWS celebrate first planting of Cumbria Coastal Community Forest at Pelham House

Posted: 23/03/23

The NDA and NWS hosted their first staff tree planting event in partnership with Cumbria Woodlands.

United Utilities investing more than £50m to help improve the River Eden

Posted: 01/03/23

The River Eden and shellfish in the Solway Firth are set to benefit from upgrades to United Utilities’ wastewater treatment works in Carlisle.

The Flood Hub’s Riparian Owner Campaign

Posted: 20/02/23

From the 27th February - 3rd March, The Flood Hub is hosting a Riparian Owner campaign.

Far-reaching ban on single-use plastics in England

Posted: 16/01/23

A range of polluting single-use plastics will be banned from October 2023 following the Government's consultation.

Trees and woodlands provide over £400m each year in fight against flooding, new study finds

Posted: 16/01/23

Woodlands worth over £400m million annually in protecting communities from flooding, new research reveals.

£220,000 flood alleviation works completed at Aldingham, South Lakeland

Posted: 16/01/23

£220,000 flood alleviation works completed at Aldingham, South Lakeland.

New approach to sustainable drainage set to reduce flood risk and clean up rivers 

Posted: 10/01/23

A consistent approach to sustainable drainage systems is set to be incorporated into new developments in England.

Diversity returns to Lakeland stream after restoration puts its bends back

Posted: 10/01/23

Nature ‘in charge again’ at Swindale Beck for first time in 200 years as award-winning conservation project bears fruit

£18.5 million flood scheme complete in Egremont

Posted: 04/01/23

The Environment Agency has completed work on a flood scheme in Egremont which will reduce the risk of flooding to 220 properties.

Environment Agency Chief Executive: Natural Flood Management essential in battle against climate change

Posted: 12/12/22

Sir James Bevan outlined his vision for natural flood management as the Environment Agency published a new report on the £15 million NFM programme.

The Environment Agency have launched a new flood warning service for Braithwaite, Cumbria and in areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire

Posted: 08/12/22

On 7 December 2022 a new flood warning service for Braithwaite, Cumbria and for areas of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, were launched.

The Flood Hub’s Planning, Flood Risk and Development Survey

Posted: 06/12/22

We have developed this survey in partnership with Lancashire County Council and it will be running until the 3rd February 2023.

How Your Old Christmas Tree Can Be Used To Regenerate Dune Environments

Posted: 05/12/22

How To Be More Sustainable At Christmas

Posted: 05/12/22

Forestry Commission Chair calls for change in approach to tree planting as last year’s winter storm damage revealed

Posted: 30/11/22

Forest Research-led mapping reveals extent of damage from 2021’s winter storms with 3,300 hectares in England damaged

Lack of investment could leave 600,000 English properties at risk of flooding

Posted: 30/11/22

Number of homes at high risk likely to almost double by 2055, warns report by infrastructure commission

Thousands of trees planted to create west Cumbria forest

Posted: 29/11/22

A forest of thousands of trees spanning 150 hectares - the size of 210 football pitches - is to be planted along Cumbria's west coast.

Your Regional Flood and Coastal Committee needs you

Posted: 21/11/22

The RFCC independent member recruitment campaign is now live.

Northwich flood plan put to the test as partners carry out a ‘dry run’ exercise

Posted: 16/11/22

Multi-agency approach will help to safeguard the town this winter

Northwich flooding contingency plan launched to help protect town’s residents and businesses

Posted: 16/11/22

A live exercise will take place this month to help partner agencies prepare for winter weather

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Disbelievers, Cynics and Sceptics – And Why They Have It Wrong!

Posted: 16/11/22

The Flood Hub’s ‘Flood Aware? Plan & Prepare Focus Week’

Posted: 14/11/22

From Monday 14th – Friday 18th November, to further support the fantastic #FloodActionWeek that the Environment Agency are running, we are hosting a Flood Aware? Plan & Prepare Focus Week on our social media channels.

First ever UK woodland natural flood management guide published

Posted: 11/11/22

Advice in the new UK Forestry Standard Practice Guide includes how woodland creation and management can reduce flood risk.

North Wirral Coastal Defence Scheme Completed

Posted: 07/11/22

More than 1,250 homes and businesses close to the north Wirral coast will enjoy greater protection from the risk of flooding after works to strengthen the sea embankment were successfully completed this summer.

Understanding Flood Risk

Posted: 31/10/22

Does Everyone Have a Role in Helping to Manage Flood Risk?

Posted: 28/10/22

‘Superhero’ moss can save communities from flooding, say scientists

Posted: 11/10/22

Sphagnum moss found to drastically slow down rainwater runoff in Peak District ‘outdoor laboratory’ study.

Electricity North West launches Storm Arwen Resilience Fund

Posted: 06/10/22

Communities throughout the North West have an opportunity to be awarded a share of £500,000 through a fund designed to improve resilience.

Sewer Blockages and Flooding

Posted: 05/10/22

The Importance of Reporting Flooding

Posted: 29/09/22

The Flood Hub’s Community Flood Resilience Focus Week

Posted: 29/09/22

From 3rd – 7th October we are hosting a Community Flood Resilience Focus Week campaign looking at the different ways in which communities can work to reduce the impacts of flooding.

Working With Your Community to Increase Resilience to Flooding and Other Emergencies

Posted: 29/09/22

Cheshire Wildlife Trust discover a second baby beaver in Cheshire!

Posted: 28/09/22

Earlier this year Cheshire Wildlife Trust announced that the pair of beavers who were released into Hatchmere Nature Reserve, Delamere Forest in 2020 had welcomed a new kit, the first beaver born in Cheshire for 400 years. However, after retrieving and checking the wildlife cameras recently, the Trust discovered that there wasn’t just one baby beaver, but two!

Riparian Owners

Posted: 14/09/22

2022/23 storm names announced

Posted: 02/09/22

The storm names for the 2022/23 season have been announced by the Met Office, in partnership with Met Éireann and KNMI.

New homes will be better protected from flooding following changes to planning guidance

Posted: 25/08/22

Updated planning guidance published today will help councils make sure developments meet strict criteria in locations at risk of flooding before they are approved, to ensure local communities aren’t negatively impacted as a result.

Household Flood Planning

Posted: 25/08/22

Vulnerable People and Flooding

Posted: 25/08/22

Flooding and Mental Health

Posted: 25/08/22

Driving in Flood Water

Posted: 25/08/22

How to Reduce Flood Risk From Autumn Leaves

Posted: 25/08/22

Flood Alert, Flood Warning and Severe Flood Warning – What’s The Difference

Posted: 25/08/22

Flood Action Groups

Posted: 25/08/22

The Environment Agency have launched new flood warning services in Blennerhasset, Baggrow, Kendal, Caldbeck, Blackburn and Harrington

Posted: 24/08/22

On 24 August 2022 five new flood warning services were launched in Blennerhasset and Baggrow, Kendal, Caldbeck and Harrington (Cumbria); and Blackburn (Lancashire).

Communities Prepared are excited to announce a new initiative for the 2022 Flood Expo

Posted: 22/08/22

Communities Prepared are excited to share that the Flood Expo will be at the Birmingham NEC from 14th-15th September, where they will be a part of a brand new initiative.

How does your allotment grow? Very well thanks to rainwater harvesting projects from United Utilities

Posted: 09/08/22

The North West is home to more than 1,300 allotments and communal gardens, where residents grow a wealth of their own produce, from carrots to cucumbers, parsnips to potatoes. A lot of time and effort goes into these endeavours, not to mention a lot of water, so United Utilities is helping out through a range of rainwater harvesting schemes.

Gardens being uprooted in favour of driveways and artificial grass, new research reveals

Posted: 27/07/22

A quarter (25%) of homeowners in the UK with outside space have turned all or part of their garden into a driveway and a further 17% are planning to make this change, according to new research by Aviva. 

Repeatedly flooded communities to receive dedicated funding

Posted: 26/07/22

Communities will be selected through the Environment Agency’s annual refresh of the £5.2 billion capital programme.

Beaver babies in Cheshire for the first time in over 400 years!

Posted: 19/07/22

Cheshire Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce that a new young beaver has been spotted at Hatchmere Nature Reserve in Delamere. This sighting confirms that beavers have bred in Cheshire for the first time in over 400 years! 

Investment plans for North West rivers revealed by United Utilities

Posted: 14/07/22

A £230m programme of environmental investment is under way across the North West to improve 184km of the region’s rivers by 2025.

Green Roofs – Environmental Benefits and Flood Alleviation

Posted: 12/07/22

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

Posted: 11/07/22

How Blue-Green Infrastructure Can Reduce Flood Risk and Provide Lots of Other Benefits

Posted: 11/07/22

Driveways, Raingardens and Soakaways

Posted: 11/07/22

Additional Benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Posted: 08/07/22

Should England Make Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Mandatory on New Developments Like Wales?

Posted: 08/07/22

The Flood Hub’s Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Focus Week

Posted: 05/07/22

From Monday 11th - Sunday 17th July, The Flood Hub is running a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Focus Week on our social media channels.

The Ribble Rivers Trust Ribble Life Together project and Wild Haweswater Swindale Valley Restoration Project have been awarded for their commitment to restoring our rivers

Posted: 29/06/22

The Ribble Rivers Trust and Wild Haweswater (a partnership between RSPB and United Utilities) won the awards at the 2022 UK River Prize awards ceremony.

Construction work on the Flood Alleviation Scheme begins in West Kirby, Wirral

Posted: 21/06/22

The brand-new flood defence scheme for West Kirby, will involve the construction of a 1.1km long curved wall along South Parade, between the junctions with Sandy Lane and Riversdale Road.

Why Coastal Defences Aren’t Always Viable

Posted: 15/06/22

Multiple Benefits of Natural Flood Management (NFM)

Posted: 08/06/22

Does Natural Flood Management Fit In The Urban Environment?

Posted: 08/06/22

Dam! Have beavers been the answer to managing flood risk all this time?

Posted: 07/06/22

The Flood Hub’s Natural Flood Management Campaign 13th – 19th June

Posted: 06/06/22

From Monday 13th - Sunday 19th May, The Flood Hub is running a Natural Flood Management (NFM) Focus Week on our social media channels. Follow our campaign to find out what NFM is, how it works and the benefits it can have.

50 projects receive up to £100,000 to boost investment in nature

Posted: 31/05/22

Projects include rewetting lowland peat to grow plant fibre material to use as padding for clothes.

For Peats Sake!

Posted: 31/05/22

The Environment Agency have launched new flood warning services in Chorley, Bolton-by-Bowland, Poulton-le-Fylde, Ribchester, Chatburn, Cartmel and Cark

Posted: 26/05/22

On 25 May 2022 six new flood warning services were launched in Chorley, Bolton-by-Bowland, Poulton-le-Fylde, Ribchester and Chatburn (Lancashire); and Cartmel and Cark (Cumbria).

Community Flood Scheme Information Hub in Kendal is ready to welcome visitors

Posted: 24/05/22

Environment Agency Community flood scheme information hub opens on Little Aynam in Kendal, which will be open every Tuesday and Thursday welcoming the local community and visitors to view scheme information and speak with Environment Agency project team members about the multi-million flood project.

The Flood Hub Business Flood Resilience Focus Week

Posted: 16/05/22

From 16th – 22nd May we are hosting a Business Flood Resilience Focus Week looking at how you can increase your business’ resilience to flooding and other emergencies.

Business Flood Insurance

Posted: 11/05/22

Business Flood Resilience

Posted: 11/05/22

Business Flood Planning

Posted: 11/05/22

Over 314,000 homes better protected due to flood protection work

Posted: 12/04/22

A £2.6 billion, six-year programme of work dedicated to improving flood and coastal defences has exceeded its original targets by 14,000 homes.

Fatbergs, cuddly toys and Buzz Lightyear – the disgusting things sewage workers have found in Cumbrian drains

Posted: 12/04/22

It's not just the three Ps that manage to make it round the U-bend

Rivercraft: Minecraft game inspires young environmental champions

Posted: 05/04/22

The in-game Preston world is the first activity of its kind that uses Artificial Intelligence to map a region and convert it into an interactive Minecraft map.

A Changing Coastline Focus Week

Posted: 04/04/22

From Monday 4th – Sunday 10th April, The Flood Hub are hosting A Changing Coastline Focus Week campaign looking at the factors that shape the coastline, including climate change, the management policies involved and how communities will need to adapt.

North West RFCC Business Plan 2022 – 2025

Posted: 24/03/22

Today, the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) formally launches its new Business Plan for 2022 to 2025.

Flood hydrology roadmap sets out 25-year vision to help predict and manage flood risk

Posted: 23/03/22

Lancaster experts have contributed to a flood hydrology roadmap that sets out a vision to help scientists and practitioners better predict future flood events and improve flood resilience across the UK.

Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme One Year of Construction

Posted: 22/03/22

Five areas of Kendal are better protected from flooding as Environment Agency marks first anniversary of construction starting in the town.

Check for Flooding Training Video is now live on The Flood Hub

Posted: 17/03/22

Following the recent training for community groups and partners on the Check for Flooding Service, the video can now be viewed here.

The Environment Agency have launched new flood warning services in Carlisle, Darwen, Eccleston, Sabden and Brierfield

Posted: 02/03/22

On 2 March 2022 five new flood warning services were launched in Carlisle (Cumbria); and Darwen, Eccleston, Sabden and Brierfield (Lancashire).

£75,000 flood alleviation works completed in Thurstonfield

Posted: 01/03/22

Flood alleviation works valued at £75,000 in Thurstonfield, near Carlisle have been completed by Cumbria County Council.

£65,000 flood alleviation works completed at Grange over Sands

Posted: 01/03/22

Flood alleviation works valued at £65,000 in Grange over Sands have been completed by Cumbria County Council.

Irwell Vale residents invited to give views on flood scheme proposals

Posted: 27/02/22

The Environment Agency, Rossendale Borough Council and partners continue to investigate the possibility of introducing a new flood risk management scheme within Irwell Vale, Strongstry and Chatterton

Plans to help prevent flooding in South Ribble and Ribble Valley

Posted: 04/02/22

Lancashire is in line to benefit from 10 schemes designed to reduce the risk of flooding in the county - with South Ribble and Ribble Valley among the areas set to see work carried out.

New Glass Panels to maintain Kendal’s riverside views and protect against flooding unveiled

Posted: 02/02/22

A sample flood defence panel, made of glass, has been installed at Little Aynam to provide the community and visitors to the area the opportunity to see the proposed design of future flood defences along Aynam Road.

The Flood Hub ‘Managing Flood Risk: A Catchment Approach’ Focus Week

Posted: 02/02/22

From 7th – 13th February we are hosting a ‘Managing Flood Risk: A Catchment Approach’ Focus Week looking at what a catchment approach to managing flood risk is, who can be involved and the multiple benefits it can have.

Million Pound Boost to Fylde Coast Sand Dunes

Posted: 01/02/22

Almost £1 Million has been allocated to the Fylde Sand Dunes Project from the Environment Agency to improve the sand dune habitat along the Fylde Coast.

Flood Investigation Reports – Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Posted: 28/01/22

Who is Responsible for Managing Flood Risk?

Posted: 28/01/22

Surface Water Flooding: All You Need to Know

Posted: 28/01/22

Another Great Year for West Cumbria’s Rivers

Posted: 25/01/22

West Cumbria Rivers Trust has planted more than 10,000 trees and created enough new wetland to cover 28 football pitches in just one year, helping to reduce flood risk and improve local rivers.

The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications

Posted: 24/01/22

Aviva are pleased to announce that ‘The Aviva Community Fund’ is now open for applications until 1st February 2022.

Carnforth and Torrisholme flood prevention schemes to be considered by council

Posted: 24/01/22

A new report to Lancashire County Council's cabinet reveals details of 10 new projects to tackle problems with flooding in the county, with projects in Carnforth and Torrisholme on the list.

Update on 3 flood projects undertaken after Storm Christoph

Posted: 24/01/22

Warrington Borough Council has provided updates on three projects which have been undertaken to keep residents and businesses safe following the floods in January 2021.

Government unveils plans to restore 300,000 hectares of habitat across England

Posted: 24/01/22

The new schemes will support nature recovery and climate action by rewarding farmers in their local area, alongside sustainable and profitable food production.

Ullswater to get 10,000 new trees to reduce flooding

Posted: 19/01/22

Thousands of trees are to be planted in a Lake District valley in an attempt to reduce flooding and improve habitats for wildlife.

Environment Agency Completes Emergency Flood Works in Cockermouth

Posted: 12/01/22

Emergency works on a river side retaining wall in Cockermouth have been completed, strengthening the existing flood defences during winter.

Construction work to begin at Benson Green and Busher Walk in Kendal as the £76million flood scheme progresses

Posted: 12/01/22

January sees the start of construction of two new sections of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. The Environment Agency and contractors, Volker Stevin, will begin work at Busher Walk and Benson Green in Kendal with construction works taking around four months to complete.

Construction Works Completed at Clarks in Kendal, part of the £76M Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 21/12/21

Work on the flood defences at Clarks as part the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme are now complete. The area now benefits from 114m of flood defences and a new flood wall, as well as a range of community improvements with an area of grassland restored and a seating area reinstated.

Strategic flood risk assessment good practice guide released

Posted: 08/12/21

The Strategic flood risk assessment good practice guide provides practical information and advice for Local Planning Authorities, and others who support them, on how to scope, produce and use strategic flood risk assessments to fulfil national planning policy requirements efficiently and effectively.

A public consultation on Flood Risk Management Plans is now open

Posted: 29/11/21

During the consultation period the Environment Agency want your views on the draft FRMPs. Your views will inform a final set of plans that will set out actions to manage flood risk between 2021-2027.

Ground investigations complete for proposed Bolton flood scheme

Posted: 25/11/21

Ground investigation works for a potential flood scheme in Prestolee and Stoneclough have completed

The Environment Agency launch new flood warning services in Ambleside, Horwich, Blackburn, Crake Valley and Wennington

Posted: 25/11/21

On 24 November 2021 six new flood warning services were launched in Ambleside and Crake Valley (Cumbria), Horwich (Greater Manchester), Blackburn and Wennington (Lancashire).

No time for complacency about flooding

Posted: 23/11/21

Environment Agency urges action as Met Office warns of above average likelihood of a wet winter.

The Flood Hub Community Flood Resilience Week

Posted: 19/11/21

From 29th November – 5th December we are hosting a Community Flood Resilience Week campaign looking at how communities can work together to reduce the impacts of flooding and increase their resilience to it.

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Comittee publishes new business plan

Posted: 18/11/21

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) has been refreshing its business plan to set ambitious and clear priorities from 2022 to 2025

Free course to help businesses enter the growing property flood resilience market

Posted: 15/11/21

Businesses across the Cumbria region are being offered FREE places on an online course run by the Flood Innovation Centre, aimed at helping them to benefit from the opportunities available in the growing property flood resilience sector.

New project to tackle flooding in Reddish Lane, Lymm

Posted: 12/11/21

Residents in Reddish Lane, Lymm who have suffered a long history of flooding incidents are receiving a major boost, thanks to a new project.

Northwich flood defences put to the test ahead of winter

Posted: 05/11/21

The Environment Agency in the North West is preparing for winter with a series of training exercises to make sure they are ready to respond to flood incidents

Environment Agency Hydrometry and Telemetry Summary from heavy rainfall event – 26th to 29th October 2021

Posted: 03/11/21

Heavy and persistent rainfall fell over Cumbria and Lancashire between the 26th and 29th October 2021, significant rainfall totals fell over Central and Western Cumbria in particular. As a result Flood warnings were issued at a number of locations and unfortunately a number of communities and properties were flooded.

Flood construction works complete at Natland Road and Romney Gardens in Kendal

Posted: 03/11/21

Construction works as part of the £76million Flood Risk Management Scheme on Natland Road and at Romney Gardens in Kendal are now complete.

£1.5m to be invested in Natural Flood Management in Lancashire

Posted: 02/11/21

The Wyre Natural Flood Management project (Wyre NFM) is set to receive £1.5m in private investment to implement Natural Flood Management measures to help at-risk communities in Lancashire.

Adapt or die, says Environment Agency

Posted: 14/10/21

With less than three weeks to COP26, Environment Agency warns that adaptation – becoming resilient to the effects of climate change – is just as vital as mitigation

Feedback needed on Improvements to part of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 08/10/21

Residents and businesses in Kendal are being given the opportunity to share their thoughts and give feedback ahead of a new planning application being submitted following proposed design improvements along Aynam Road and Waterside.

£12m funding for St Annes sea wall gets go-ahead for design that retains much-loved seafront attractions

Posted: 07/10/21

A £12.1m fund towards the regeneration of the St Annes sea wall has been approved by the Environment Agency.

Help Sefton Council to shape its flood and coastal erosion risk strategy for the next decade

Posted: 05/10/21

The Flood Hub: Flood Aware? Plan & Prepare Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 04/10/21

From 11th – 17th October we are hosting a Flood Aware? Plan & Prepare campaign looking at the importance of being aware of your flood risk and sharing advice on ways to plan, prepare & become more resilient to flooding!

Padiham residents invited to see latest developments for Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 29/09/21

Residents are being invited to see the latest developments on the Padiham Flood Risk Management Scheme at an upcoming community drop-in session.

Dredging work to extract 6000 tons of gravel begins in Keswick to reduce flood risk

Posted: 22/09/21

Thousands of tons worth of gravel is being removed from the River Greta at Keswick as part of efforts to reduce the risk of flooding during the colder winter months.

CIWEM free training: An introduction to Flood Risk and Resilience

Posted: 02/09/21

Information on a free CIWEM training course

Thousands of hectares of vital peatland to be restored to help tackle climate change and protect biodiversity

Posted: 27/08/21

Over £16 million to be awarded through the first round of Natural England’s Peat Restoration Grants.

The Environment Agency have launched new flood warning services in Brampton, Warwick Bridge, Grasmere and Clubmoor

Posted: 18/08/21

On 18 August 2021 three new flood warning services were launched in Brampton, Warwick Bridge and Grasmere (Cumbria), and Clubmoor (Merseyside).

Innovative nature projects awarded funding to drive private investment

Posted: 10/08/21

A pioneering new fund to drive private investment in nature and tackle climate change has been awarded to 27 projects.

First UK Water Company -eNGO Partnership is Blueprint for Green Recovery

Posted: 29/07/21

United Utilities and The Rivers Trust announce North West partnership.

More than 1,000 flood schemes to benefit from record investment

Posted: 29/07/21

Over £860m to be invested in flood alleviation schemes this year with further action including improvements to flood insurance.

Pop-up campsites need to check their flood risk say Environment Agency

Posted: 21/07/21

Farmers and landowners setting up temporary campsites for the summer holidays are being urged to have a flood plan in place to keep campers safe.

The state of the environment: the urban environment

Posted: 20/07/21

This report looks at the state of the urban environment in England. It outlines some of the challenges created by urban areas for managing natural resources and waste, and the links between urban environments and wider environmental issues.

The Flood Hub new homepage refresh is launched

Posted: 13/07/21

Following feedback from our survey last year, we have updated content on the website, as well as adding brand new content and pages, in order to make information more easily accessible.

The Flood Hub: Natural Flood Management (NFM) Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 12/07/21

From 19th – 25th May we are hosting a Natural Flood Management (NFM) Focus Week, looking at what NFM is......... We have lots of brand new case studies on our website highlighting amazing projects across the North West.

New natural flood management scheme helps slow the flow in Rochdale

Posted: 09/07/21

A project designed to slow the flow of flood water by using natural techniques has been completed upstream of Rochdale. The ambitious scheme saw organisations work with landowners in the upper River Roch catchment to deliver innovative solutions to reduce the risk of flooding for homes and businesses in the Roch Valley.

The Flood Hub: Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 07/06/21

From 14th – 18th May we are hosting a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Focus Week, looking at what SuDS are, how they reduce flood risk, and the many benefits they provide. There will be examples of the types of SuDS you can install in your home and garden, and case studies of larger SuDS projects across the North West.

The Environment Agency have launched new flood warning services in Coniston, Caton, Worthington and Atherton

Posted: 24/05/21

On 19 May 2021 four new flood warning services were launched in Coniston (Cumbria) Caton (Lancashire), and Worthington and Atherton (Greater Manchester).

Environment Agency launches new flooding Action Plan

Posted: 13/05/21

The Environment Agency's FCERM Strategy Action Plan will help to better protect over hundreds of thousands more homes and businesses in the years ahead.

The Flood Hub Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 05/05/21

From 10th – 14th May we are hosting a Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Focus Week, exploring what PFR is, some of the options available, and see how it has benefited residents in the North West.

Applications for the Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) are open

Posted: 05/05/21

The Nature for Climate Peatland Grant Scheme (NCPGS) provides funding to restore peatlands in the uplands and lowlands of England. It is a competitive grant scheme that will run until 2025.

The Flood Hub Coastal Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 15/04/21

From 19th – 23rd April we are hosting a Coastal Focus Week looking at various aspects of coastal flooding, erosion and management, and how we will need to adapt to climate change and sea level rise.

5 new reports have been released by the Environment Agency Flood and Coastal Risk Management Research Team

Posted: 09/04/21

The following reports have been released by the Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Research Team.

Innovative projects to protect against flooding selected

Posted: 01/04/21

Cutting-edge flood forecasting and natural flood management schemes trialled in 25 selected areas receiving a share of £150m to develop new flooding responses.

Whalley Early Flood Warning Trial Hailed a Success

Posted: 31/03/21

Whalley & Billington Flood Action Group have recently participated in a successful trial of a prototype Early Flood Warning system installed on a culvert.

The £7m Croston Flood Risk Management Scheme has already proven its worth

Posted: 24/03/21

The Croston Flood Risk Management Scheme was completed in 2017 and has already protected lots of properties in Croston from potential flood damage.

More than 300,000 homes better protected from flooding since 2015

Posted: 24/03/21

The Environment Agency and partners have completed more than 700 projects to better protect more than 300,000 homes since 2015.

Commitment made to Maghull communities for strengthened flood risk management

Posted: 19/03/21

Sefton Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities have signed a joint statement of intent to reassure Maghull communities that they are continuing to work together to explore solutions to reduce the risk of flooding.

Ground investigation works begin in Burneside with new webpages launched

Posted: 16/03/21

The Environment Agency is progressing plans and designs for phase two and three of the £76million Kendal Flood Risk Management scheme.

Off the starting blocks for multi-million pound flood scheme

Posted: 10/03/21

Enabling works for a multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme in Littleborough which will help protect around 1,000 homes are set to get underway in the coming weeks.

Environment Agency plant trees as part of £76million flood scheme in Kendal

Posted: 09/03/21

Two native Hornbeam trees have been planted on the riverside in Kendal as part of the new £76million Flood Risk Management Scheme.

KS2 Flooding Education Package Launched

Posted: 01/03/21

The Flood Team at Newground have developed 10 lessons and resources for schools and young people, which aim to increase young people’s knowledge on flooding and flood risk management.

Cheshire West and Chester Council to host multi-agency flooding forum

Posted: 25/02/21

Residents of Cheshire West and Chester will be able to find out about the recent flooding events in the borough through a special online webinar event.

Work has begun on the Whinlatter Forest project

Posted: 24/02/21

The project aims to help slow the flow of water towards Lorton and the River Cocker.

Construction of the £76million Flood Scheme begins in Kendal

Posted: 22/02/21

Work has now started on the first phase of the three phased £76million Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. When complete, the Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to 1,480 homes and 1,100 local businesses across the River Kent catchment.

Cumbria County Council secures £1m to develop major flood prevention project in Flimby

Posted: 19/02/21

Works are due to start on a £1m flood risk reduction project for the village of Flimby in West Cumbria.

Sport England financial support for flood-damaged facilities

Posted: 15/02/21

Sport England's Return to Play Fund is now open to applications from local authorities, leisure operators and other not-for-profit organisations needing funding to repair flood damage.

Consultation on the Lancashire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021–2027

Posted: 12/02/21

Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackpool Council are asking for people's views on a new strategy which outlines their plans to reduce the risk of local flooding.

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is refreshing its business plan and invites your views

Posted: 12/02/21

The RFCC is refreshing its business plan to ensure its priorities consider the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Strategy and the central concept of resilience in a changing climate.

A brand new exhibition looking at how flooding affects physical and social environments is live!

Posted: 03/02/21

The Landscapes to Lifescapes digital exhibition is a collaborative project between Lancaster University, the University of Hull and the Environment Agency,

Government consultation proposes further support for flood resilience measures

Posted: 01/02/21

Plans include insurance payments for flood-hit properties to build back better and discounted premiums for flood resilient homes.

Recovery work begins after heavy flooding in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire

Posted: 28/01/21

Operations are underway to help communities across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire recover from flooding following the severe weather brought by Storm Christoph last week.

Work continues on Padiham flood scheme

Posted: 27/01/21

The next step towards building Padiham’s £9 million flood scheme will start this week when ground investigation work begins on proposed sites.

Emergency funding is available to assist with the Cheshire flooding response

Posted: 27/01/21

The Cheshire police and crime commissioner is encouiraging community groups to apply for emergency funding to support residents who have been affected by flooding.

Flood scheme team bring Christmas smiles to many thanks to appeal

Posted: 17/12/20

Teams from the Environment Agency, Bury Council and BAM Nuttall have helped boost a charity appeal which means more children in Radcliffe and Redvales will now have a smile put on their faces this Christmas.

Flood defences in Caton Road, Lancaster has completed on the anniversary of Storm Desmond

Posted: 16/12/20

A major flood risk management scheme on the River Lune, designed to protect hundreds of properties from the risk of flooding, has reached completion.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s Glenderamackin and Cocker catchment projects boosted by further £380,000 funding

Posted: 14/12/20

West Cumbria River’s Trust have announced that they have been awarded £380,000 by the Government’s new Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

Rickerby Flood Risk Management Scheme Reaches Completion

Posted: 08/12/20

Rickerby Flood scheme built to better protect 34 properties is now complete. The scheme comprises 440m of new flood defence walls, 100m of raised flood embankment along with a new road alignment with improved hedges and tree planting for nature.

The Flood Hub Community Flood Focus Week Campaign

Posted: 23/11/20

Five years on from Storms Desmond and Eva, we are hosting a Community Flood Focus Week campaign to highlight the great progress that North West communities have made to become more resilient to flooding.

Flood Re urges a ‘build back better’ recovery after unprecedented year

Posted: 19/11/20

This year, Flood Re processed more claims and paid out more than in the first three years of operation combined.

Plans for the new West Kirby flood wall

Posted: 12/11/20

Detailed plans for the new flood wall to be built along the length of West Kirby promenade were officially lodged on Tuesday 3rd November 2020.

United Utilities announces £300,000 fund for catchment projects

Posted: 11/11/20

United Utilities have announced its plans for improving the North West’s watercourses through partnership working and holistic thinking.

Sample flood wall panels now installed in Kendal

Posted: 11/11/20

Construction of sample flood wall panels in Kendal, a requirement of the planning conditions for the flood scheme, is now complete.

Communities at risk of flooding urged to apply for a share of £200m resilience programme

Posted: 10/11/20

Flood and Coastal Resilience Innovation Programme will help communities improve resilience to flooding and coastal change .

The Flood Hub Feedback Survey After 2 Years of Success

Posted: 10/11/20

Please fill in our quick feedback survey to help keep our website useful for communities affected by flooding.

Environment Agency Flood Action Campaign November 2020

Posted: 09/11/20

The Environment Agency's #FloodActionWeek runs from 9-15 November to encourage more people to prepare, act and survive during flooding.

Kendal Flood Scheme St Georges Walk Road Closure

Posted: 27/10/20

The Environment Agency will be undertaking some ground investigation work at St Georges Walk in Kendal for a 4-week period.

“Flood busting” leaky dams installed on Crompton Moor in Oldham

Posted: 15/10/20

Innovative flood risk management techniques have taken another step forward on Crompton Moor in Oldham with the installation of five “leaky dams”.

DEFRA Consultation on Natural Flood Management Funding Process

Posted: 06/10/20

DEFRA have today launched a consultation on how the funding process for Natural Flood Management could be made easier.

Installation of sample flood panels begins in Kendal

Posted: 01/10/20

The Environment Agency and contractors, VBA have begun installing sample flood panels in Kendal as part of the £76m flood scheme.

Help Callum: A New Flood Digital Engagement Tool

Posted: 30/09/20

This brand new flood digital engagement tool tells the story of Callum's flooding experience and asks - how would you 'help Callum'?

Resarch by the University of Plymouth has shown that planting trees and creating new woodlands can help reduce flood risk within upland areas

Posted: 29/09/20

Flash flooding affects communities across the UK and a new study by the University of Plymouth has shown that planting woodland in upland areas could play a significant role in preventing it.

Unblocktober: Improving the Health of our Drains, Sewers and Seas

Posted: 29/09/20

This month-long campaign aims to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas!

Preston and South Ribble Flood Scheme Online Engagement Platform Launched

Posted: 28/09/20

The Environment Agency have launched a public engagement platform for the Preston and South Ribble flood scheme.

The £5000 grant scheme for flood hit homes has been extended by the government

Posted: 22/09/20

The government extension will allow households and businesses to apply for funding from eligible councils after coronavirus delays.

Proposed removal / replacement of pedestrian footbridge over Burrow Beck

Posted: 17/09/20

Lancaster City Council have announced an important update for residents in the Hala area of Lancaster about the proposed removal/replacement of the pedestrian footbridge on the path between Gressingham Drive and Lentwroth Drive.

Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

Posted: 17/09/20

The Investment Readiness Fund will support the development of natural environment projects to generate revenue from ecosystem services and attract repayable investment.

The Flood Hub Flood Resilience Awareness Week Campaign

Posted: 14/09/20

From Monday 21st - Friday 25th September, we are running a Flood Resilience Awareness Week to raise awareness and encourage people to increase their resilience to flooding.

Natural flood management project to begin at Greater Manchester beauty spot

Posted: 09/09/20

Project designed to showcase natural flood management techniques and restore peatland on treasured local moorland is about to start.

The Storm Names for 2020-21 have been revealed

Posted: 02/09/20

The Met Office along with partners Met Éireann and KNMI have revealed the list of storm names for the UK, Ireland and Netherlands for the next season.

£10m available to help farmers plant new woodland

Posted: 27/08/20

As part of the third auction of the Woodland Carbon Guarantee, farmers and landowners are being offered £10m to help create new woodlands.

The final section of the Fairhaven Sea Defence Project is now complete

Posted: 20/08/20

The final section of the Sea Defence Project at Fairhaven Lake has been completed and is now open to the public.

“September is Preparedness Month” is now in its sixth year #30days30waysUK

Posted: 19/08/20

Since 2015, the #30days30waysUK campaign aims to inspire and empower people to be ready and better prepared for a wide range of risks and their consequences such as flooding, fire, power cuts etc.

Beavers are returning to Cheshire for the first time in 400 years

Posted: 18/08/20

Cheshire Wildlife Trust have announced that they are reintroducing beavers back into Cheshire after 400 years.

Work on the Skirting Beck and Whangs Beck Flood Risk Management Scheme continues

Posted: 29/07/20

The Flood Risk Management Scheme in Egremont will reduce the flood risk to 220 residential and business properties, improve the local environment and community amenities.

The Flood Hub NFM Awareness Week Campaign

Posted: 21/07/20

From Monday 27th - Friday 31st July, we are running a Natural Flood Management (NFM) Awareness Week to increase the awareness of NFM and its multiple benefits!

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Posted: 14/07/20

336,000 properties in England better protected from flooding by 2027 with record £5.2 billion investment

Business as usual won’t tackle the challenges we face, warns Environment Agency

Posted: 09/07/20

Returning to business as usual after the Coronavirus pandemic won’t be enough to address the challenges of the future, warns Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency.

Consultation launched on reservoir emergency on-site flood plans

Posted: 07/07/20

Government believes that on-site plans should be an essential part of maintaining public safety.

A method for monetising the mental health cost of flooding

Posted: 17/06/20

Public Health England (PHE) have recently carried out research which shows that people who experience flooding in their homes can suffer from mental health illnesses, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This has an economic impact, including costs to the health service and lost days at work.

The Flood Hub SuDS Awareness Week Campaign

Posted: 15/06/20

From Monday 15th June - Friday 19th June, we are running a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Awareness Week to increase the awareness and importance of SuDS!

New SuDS pro-forma available to help address surface water food risk

Posted: 29/05/20

Following a consultation period in early 2020, a new sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) pro-forma and accompanying guidance have been created for use by Local Planning Authorities as part of their planning documentation.

The construction of the Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme flood defences continues

Posted: 26/05/20

New flood walls and embankments are being built on Caton Road to protect many homes and businesses from flooding following the December 2015 flooding.

Multi-million pound flood scheme in Rochdale and Littleborough given the green light

Posted: 21/05/20

Environment Agency press release - The first phase of a £46 million flood defence scheme in Rochdale and Littleborough has been given the green light by Rochdale Borough Council’s Planning Department.

The Flood Hub Business Flood Resilience Awareness Week

Posted: 12/05/20

From Monday 18th May – Friday 22nd May, the Flood Hub is running a Business Flood Resilience Awareness Week to provide business owners with information about how they can plan and prepare in advance of a flood to increase their flood resilience.

Environment Agency Flood Warning Service during the Coronavirus pandemic period

Posted: 27/04/20

The Environment Agency have made some amendments to their Flood Warning Service during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The changes which were put in place on the 24th April 2020.

£10m to boost tree planting in second auction of Woodland Carbon Guarantee

Posted: 20/04/20

Landowners, farmers and land manages have up until the 5th June to apply for the scheme to create new woodlands that help tackle the effects of climate change.

Government announces new formula for allocating funding for flood and coastal defences across England

Posted: 20/04/20

In the 2020 Budget, the government announced that it will double its investment in flood and coastal defences in England to £5.2 billion over the next six years. This will ensure that a further 336,000 homes and non-residential properties are better protected from flooding and coastal erosion.

Environment Agency continuing it’s flood defence work in Radcliffe and Redvales

Posted: 07/04/20

Work is continuing on the £40M Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Alleviation Scheme which, once completed, will better protect over 870 properties from the effects of flooding, the Environment Agency has said.

Please help to keep loos flushing, prevent blockages and flooding

Posted: 01/04/20

United Utilities message to anyone who may be experiencing flooding at this difficult time and raising awareness of what should be flushed down your loo.

The Rainfall Rescue Project needs your help to rescue UK’s old rainfall records

Posted: 26/03/20

The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets.

Rivers Trust launches 10-year campaign to double area of Lancashire’s woodlands

Posted: 11/03/20

As part of the £5million project, more than half a million trees will be planted to reduce flooding, improve air quality and remove 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

How a groundbreaking new £1.3 million park will help prevent flooding in one corner of Manchester

Posted: 10/03/20

The park in West Gorton will reduce the future effects of climate change by soaking up excess rainwater.

Major package of support announced by Government for storm-hit areas

Posted: 19/02/20

Positive news for some eligible north west communities, the Government has announced thousands of pounds of support including grants, council tax relief and business rate relief for people and businesses in areas affected by flooding.

£1.2 Billion for weather and climate supercomputer

Posted: 17/02/20

The latest supercomputing technology will unleash the full potential of weather and climate data for the UK.

Planning application is another step forward for the Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme

Posted: 31/01/20

Plans for the next phase of the £46m Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme to reduce flooding in two high risk areas have now been submitted to the Local Planning Authority.

Natural capital tool launched to help protect the environment

Posted: 31/01/20

On the 22nd January 2020, an ambitious new online resource was launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to help ensure better environmental decision-making by valuing our ‘natural capital’.

Environment Agency survey: Groundwater flood management in England

Posted: 31/01/20

The Environment Agency have launched a survey to support research into groundwater flood management.

Environmental bodies set joint vision to tackle climate change

Posted: 31/01/20

Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, and Natural England outline a shared vision to use nature-based solutions to tackle the climate emergency.

The Environment Agency launched a campaign to highlight the impact of flood damage on mental health

Posted: 29/01/20

During their Flood Action Week (20th January – 26th January 2020) the Environment Agency launched a campaign to highlight the impact flood damage has on mental health, advising people on the importance of signing up to flood alerts.

Centre of excellence designed to cut UK flood risks opens in Newcastle

Posted: 28/01/20

On Friday, Universities Minister Chris Skidmore officially opened the UK’s largest testbed for sustainable drainage systems.

New updates to the Environment Agency’s long term flood risk information

Posted: 27/01/20

The Environment Agency has updated its long term flood risk information using feedback from users of the service.

SuDS Pro-Forma Consultation now live

Posted: 27/01/20

A draft pro-forma on sustainable drainage systems is bring presented for consultation and feedback.

Work has begun on the Lancaster flood defence scheme

Posted: 24/01/20

Work has begun on a multi-million pound project to build new defences along the banks of the River Lune to prevent large scale flooding similar to that seen during Storm Desmond in 2015.

The Draft North West Marine Plan is live and open for consultation

Posted: 20/01/20

The public consultation on the draft North West Marine Plan opened on the 14th January 2020 and will run until the 20th April 2020 when it will close.

Environment Agency Flood Action Week 2020

Posted: 15/01/20

The Environment Agency are running a Flood Action Week from 20th - 26th January to help people know what action to take in a flood.

Beaver trial gets go-ahead in Cumbria

Posted: 15/01/20

A scientific trial to release beavers into an enclosure in Cumbria gets the go-ahead.

Another giant fatberg has been found in Manchester

Posted: 20/12/19

A monstrous fatberg weighing the same as three elephants has been found under Strangeways.

Have your say on the Water Challenges and Choices Environment Agency consultation

Posted: 18/12/19

The Environment Agency are running a consultation until the 24th April 2020 for members of the public to have their say on the challenges that our waters face and the choices and changes we all need to make to help tackle  those challenges.

Young farmers help to plant 420 trees along River Irt

Posted: 09/12/19

Cumbria’s young farmers have planted 420 trees along the Irt to help improve the local environment and mitigate climate change.

A vast number of homes are at ‘high risk’ of flooding in Cumbria

Posted: 03/12/19

Homes located on the coast of Furness have been told by the Environment Agency that they are at long-term risk of flooding.

Some Cumbrian residents are to be automatically signed up for flood warnings

Posted: 26/11/19

People who live in Cumbria may receive a text message from the Environment Agency this week to let them know that they have been automatically signed up for the free flood alerts and warnings service.

The National Lottery is offering people and communities the chance to receive a grant worth up to £1000

Posted: 25/11/19

he National Lottery are offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1000 to mark their 25th Anniversary.

Government announces grants to help protect properties from flooding

Posted: 20/11/19

Flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding.

£5.7million project to revamp Lancaster power hub which was battered by Storm Desmond has been completed

Posted: 19/11/19

A multimillion-pound project to improve flood defences and avoid power cuts in Lancaster has been completed.

The government has launched a new scheme to boost tree planting

Posted: 05/11/19

The government have launched a £50million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme to encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees to help tackle climate change.

Volunteers needed for natural flood management project in Bootle

Posted: 05/11/19

West Cumbria Rivers Trust is appealing for volunteers to help with a project which aims to reduce flood risk in the village of Bootle, Cumbria.

Join us in celebrating The Flood Hub’s one year anniversary

Posted: 05/11/19

We are celebrating one year of The Flood Hub on 5th November 2019! Join us in celebrating by following our social media accounts.

Looking back at United Utilities ‘Managing Flood Risk from New Development in Partnership’ day

Posted: 30/10/19

United Utilities held a partnership event in September 2019 to understand how risk management authorities can work better to manage flood risk from new developments.

Volunteers needed for Flimby natural flood management project

Posted: 22/10/19

West Cumbria River’s Trust are appealing for volunteers to help with a project aiming to reduce flood risk in the village of Flimby.

A 50m long green wall is set to be installed at Liverpool’s St John’s shopping centre

Posted: 15/10/19

Plans for a giant living, green wall have been approved by Liverpool City Council as part of a global effort to increase green space in city centres.

The Environment Agency and Met Office have celebrated 10 years of flood forecasting

Posted: 11/10/19

The 4th October marked ten years since the Environment Agency and the Met Office formed a partnership and saved lives, livelihoods and protected infrastructure.

Manchester water company will attempt to fight fatbergs

Posted: 04/10/19

Manchester’s water company is on a mission to make the city’s sewers free of fatbergs.

Residents in Preston and South Ribble are invited to share views on the flood scheme

Posted: 04/10/19

Local residents and businesses are invited to attend a number of engagement events hosted by the Environment Agency to share their views on the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme.

Flood risk reduced and bathing water quality to improve at Seascale

Posted: 03/10/19

Flood risk in Seascale will be reduced and water quality improved following a joint project between West Cumbria Rivers Trust and Cumbria County Council.

Completion of flood resilience works boosts protection for homes across the North West

Posted: 27/09/19

Around 100 homes and businesses, across the North West, will be better protected from flooding following the completion of preventative works by the Environment Agency and its partners.

A pilot project which will use nature to tackle flooding has been launched

Posted: 23/09/19

A natural flood management (NFM) trial has been launched at farm on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire to help reduce the risk of flooding.

Highest-ever resolution of climate projections have been launched

Posted: 17/09/19

As the world becomes increasingly impacted by climate change, understanding more about the potential future intensity of hourly rainfall and extreme daytime temperatures is key to the UK’S resilience.

Communities in Cumbria and Lancashire will benefit from Government flood funding pledge of £62m

Posted: 11/09/19

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced a new round of flood defence investment for communities across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, the North East and the South East of England.

North West RFCC Business Plan launch

Posted: 09/09/19

The North West RFCC has released its new Business Plan which sets out its priorities and actions for 2019 to 2022.

A £1million project to reduce flood risk in Earby has now been completed

Posted: 30/08/19

The project involved repairing a culvert which ran through the town to protect 91 homes and 17 businesses from flooding.

Works are due to begin next month to repair storm damage and strengthen the flood resilience of a section of the A685

Posted: 29/08/19

Cumbria County Council is investing approximately £650,000 in surfacing and drainage works as part of the council’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme.

£2m flood defence works on Penrith Road, Keswick are due to start on the 2nd September

Posted: 29/08/19

On the 2nd September, work on the major engineering designed to increase Keswick’s flood resilience is due to begin.

Recovery work goes on after heavy flooding in the North West and Derbyshire

Posted: 20/08/19

Work continues in towns and villages across the North West and parts of Derbyshire after being hit by heavy flooding

Flood victims in Stockport are being offered grants and a council tax freeze

Posted: 13/08/19

Stockport Council are offering grants of up to £200 to residents whose homes had internally flooded between the 28th July and the 9th August 2019.

Report into the November 2017 flooding released by Lancashire County Council

Posted: 12/08/19

Lancashire County Council have published an overview report of the flooding which hit parts of Lancashire in November.

The annual ‘flood and coastal erosion risk management report: 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018′ has been released

Posted: 08/08/19

The report summarises the activities carried out by risk management authorities (RMAs) in England.

A new project is launching in 2020 to help restore threatened sand dunes across England and Wales

Posted: 08/08/19

A fantastic new project will launch in 2020 which will help restore sand dunes for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife.

The Countryside Stewardship Facilitation fund is now open for applications

Posted: 08/08/19

The funding is to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment.

Work on the £25million flood defences has begun in Carlisle

Posted: 31/07/19

The Environment Agency has started work on the £25million flood scheme, three and a half years after Storm Desmond caused devastation across Carlisle. The scheme will protect 1600 homes and businesses from flooding across the city once it’s complete.

Cockermouth Company unveils their new multi million pound flood defences

Posted: 22/07/19

James Walker and Co, is one of Cumbria’s largest employers with more than 400 employees and in 2009 and 2015, the company was left underwater by flooding

DEFRA calling for evidence on Flooding and Coastal Erosion

Posted: 18/07/19

Defra is asking for evidence which focuses on some specific flood and coastal erosion policy questions that the government would like addition evidence on.

Green Sefton Consultation on Crosby Coastal Park Vision

Posted: 18/07/19

Green Sefton have launched a consultation for members of the public to have their say on what Crosby Coastal Park is planned to look like by 2030.

Flood Re call for homes to be built ‘better’ and more resilient after a flood in order to reduce insurance premiums

Posted: 17/07/19

Flood Re – the organisation which enabled owners of houses situated in flood risk areas – wants to further reduce insurance premiums by encouraging a practice to ‘build back better’ homes after a flood event.

Calls by Councillors for Lancashire to be included in the Northern Forest plans

Posted: 16/07/19

As part of the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment, proposals have been set out for a new Northern Forest. But the plans do not include the county of Lancashire.

Flood work completed in Glenridding after Storm Desmond devastation

Posted: 09/07/19

More than three years after the devastation caused by Storm Desmond, work to protect Glenridding from further flooding has been completed.

Construction gets underway on the major flood scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales.

Posted: 05/07/19

The launch of the flood scheme, which is designed to protect more than 800 homes and local businesses from flooding, was marked by a sod cutting ceremony yesterday.

With sea levels rising, two parts of Merseyside could become a separate island

Posted: 03/07/19

A website which maps the potential devastation if the polar ice caps continue to melt have said that Formby and Southport could become a separate island by the end of the century.

Next week marks the start of our SuDS awareness week campaign

Posted: 12/06/19

From the 17th – 21st June, we’re running a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Awareness Week campaign from The Flood Hub Twitter account.

£1.1billion a year in flood damage is prevented by UK river defences

Posted: 12/06/19

According to research, an estimated £1.1billion a year in flood damage is being prevented by the UK’s network of river barriers and defences.

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee is recruiting

Posted: 03/06/19

The Environment Agency are looking for new members to join the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) that has responsibility for promoting an understanding of flood risk, irrespective of cause: coastal, fluvial or surface water.

Construction on flagship flood scheme to protect Radcliffe and Redvales set to commence

Posted: 03/06/19

Homes and businesses across Radcliffe and Redvales will soon be saved from the threat of flooding with construction on the flagship £40m Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Alleviation Scheme due to commence in the coming weeks.

Study finds that the floods in 2009 and 2015 in Cumbria were the worst for centuries

Posted: 22/05/19

A ground breaking analysis of lake sediment in Cumbria has shown that the floods of 2009 and 2015 in the north-west England were the worst for more than 550 years.

Government delivers new £10m fund to plant over 130,000 urban trees

Posted: 22/05/19

Grants will be made available over the next two years to plant trees in town and city spaces to make them greener and to utilise the multiple benefits that they can provide.

Kendal Flood Plan Agreed

Posted: 20/05/19

The first phase of Kendal’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme is set to go ahead after it was confirmed the plan will not be ‘called in’ by the Government.

An Environment Agency public consultation has been opened regarding the draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

Posted: 09/05/19

The Environment Agency has been leading a conversation with people and organisations who are affected by or work to manage flooding and coastal change

UK flood planners must ‘prepare for the worst’

Posted: 09/05/19

The Environment Agency has warned that Britain’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change. The EA predicts that climate change and population growth will double the number of properties built on the flood plain over the next five decades

Carlisle to get “one of the highest levels” of flood protection in the country

Posted: 29/04/19

The planned flood scheme for Carlisle aims to provide one of the highest levels of flood protection in the country.

Environment Agency announces new green legacy for £2.6bn flood and coastal risk management programme

Posted: 25/04/19

The Environment Agency has announced a set of new supplier arrangements and partnerships which will increase efficiency, value for money and the green legacy of its £2.6billion capital investment programme.

A new website offering extensive information on river and lake improvement projects happening across West Cumbria has been launched.

Posted: 12/04/19

A new website offering extensive information on river and lake improvement projects happening across West Cumbria has been launched.

Public drop-in session organised for flood defence works on Penrith Road, Keswick

Posted: 10/04/19

A major project to install new flood resilience and defence infrastructure in the Penrith Road area of Keswick is currently being developed.

Summary of consultation responses and decisions: Flood risk activity permitting: standard rules consultation

Posted: 08/04/19

The Environment Agency held a consultation from the 16th November 2018 until the 11th January 2019 on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities.

A £10,000 flood warning board has been installed in Lower Broughton

Posted: 05/04/19

A new £10,000 digital flood warning and community information board has been installed on the edge of Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton.

New Flood Resistance Product Standards Consultation

Posted: 29/03/19

BS 851188, parts 1+2 have now been issued for public comment and will be open for comments until 28 May 2019.

Multi-million pound flood scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales given the green light

Posted: 28/03/19

A £40 million flood defence scheme in Radcliffe and Redvales, designed to protect up to 870 properties from a repeat of the devastating flooding seen on Boxing Day 2015, has been given the green light by Bury Council’s Planning Control Committee.

Phase 1 Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme approved by planning committee

Posted: 26/03/19

Phase 1 of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme Linear Defences has been approved by planners.

The Environment Agency have published new evidence to plan for flood and coastal risk up to 2065

Posted: 01/03/19

The Environment Agency has published a new economic assessment to aid planning for flooding and coastal risk management for the next 50 years.

Repairs on numerous paths and bridges have been completed following the devastation of Storm Desmond

Posted: 25/02/19

The Lake District has nearly fully recovered from the damage and destruction caused by Storm Desmond in 2015.

Work on the £1million flood alleviation project in Earby has now resumed

Posted: 21/02/19

Work on the £1million flood alleviation project in Earby has now resumed, the project aims to reduce the risk of flooding to 91 homes and 17 businesses.

Kendal 3 Phase Flood Risk Management Scheme Information

Posted: 13/02/19

A Flood Risk Management Scheme in Kendal which is designed to better protect residential and business properties from flooding, improve the local environment and improve community amenities has been proposed by the Environment Agency.

Cumbrian Manufacturing Firm benefiting from £2.6m investment in Flood Resilience Measures

Posted: 08/02/19

James Walker & Co is a large, established Cumbrian manufacturing firm is benefitting from a £2.6m investment from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to protect its premises from flooding.

Following on from the Christmas tree planting campaigns

Posted: 05/02/19

Ribble Rivers Trust and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside put out an appeal last December for members of the public to donate their old Christmas trees.

Lancaster City Council have approved funding for the £10million flood defence scheme along Caton Road.

Posted: 22/01/19

Lancaster City Council have contributed £850,000 for  flood defences on the River Lune designed to protect  one of Lancasters most important commercial areas, which will help to safeguard more than 2000 jobs and contribute £37.3million to the local economy.

Taking care of the hills can help protect towns and villages from flooding

Posted: 22/01/19

According to researchers, a restoration scheme that is underway on the hills of the Peak District has the potential to alleviate the level of flood risk to towns and villages below.

Mrs Hayman, shadow Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs has met senior officials from the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA)

Posted: 22/01/19

Sue Hayman has spoken to insurance bosses about homes and businesses at risk of flooding. She has warned that West Cumbrian communities will become “ghost towns” if nothing is done to make insurance affordable and available to all properties and small businesses.

A DEFRA consultation has been opened regarding the improvement of the management of water in the environment

Posted: 15/01/19

In the last few years, DEFRA have seen a significant improvement in the water environment and in resilience to flood and drought and have opened a consultation regarding the improvement of management of water in the environment.

Greening Grey Britain with communities in 2019

Posted: 14/01/19

Is there a neglected space in your community that you’d love to transform into a green oasis for people and the planet? Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap?

Achieving Sustainable Drainage Through Local Authorities

Posted: 14/01/19

SuDS were first introduced to the English planning system in 2010. National planning policy in England encourages SuDS on all major developments, unless there is clear evidence that they would be inappropriate.  However, as of the 7th January 2019, SuDS were made mandatory on all new developments over 100m2 in Wales.

How willow has proved to be a natural defender against flooding.

Posted: 03/01/19

In December 2015, record levels of rainfall fell over Cumbria caused by Storm Desmond, which had huge impacts. Farmer’s livestock drowned and kilometres of fencing were destroyed as the rivers overtopped.

Working with nature to reduce flood risk in Greater Manchester

Posted: 19/12/18

Work on a natural flood management scheme is underway on Smithills Estate near Bolton.

Ribble Rivers Trust needs Clitheroe’s Christmas Trees!

Posted: 19/12/18

Ribble Rivers Trust are an environmental charity that work to improve the brooks, streams and rivers of the Ribble catchment for the people and wildlife who live there.

North West RFCC Business Plan consultation

Posted: 13/12/18

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee are holding a consultation on their draft Business Plan for the period from 2019 to 2022.

The Wildlife Trust will host their Annual Christmas Tree Planting Event in 2019

Posted: 12/12/18

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has put out an appeal for members of the public to bring their old Christmas trees to their ‘Annual Christmas Tree Planting’ event.

Government Petition on “flushable” wet wipes

Posted: 05/12/18

There is a UK Government and Parliament petition regarding the sale of wet wipes that are referred to as "flushable" on the packet, which if successful could help to prevent sewer flooding.

Environment Agency public consultation for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities proposals

Posted: 26/11/18

The Environment Agency are holding a consultation on the proposals for new and amended standard rules for flood risk activities, as part of a review of their charges for regulatory works.

Environment Agency launching Flood Action Campaign 29th November

Posted: 22/11/18

The Environment Agency are gearing up to launch their Flood Action Campaign to make sure people know what to do in a flood, sign up to flood warnings, and keep themselves and their families safe.

Regional flood forecasting in Cumbria is set to be improved by the successful deployment of the NCAS mobile X-band weather radar

Posted: 13/11/18

The NCAS-X-band weather radar in Cumbria has been successfully put in place by The National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Environment Agency. The radar will provide new observations to improve the Environment Agency’s flood forecasting and warning services.

New North West Natural Flood Management handbook

Posted: 12/11/18

A new 'Natural Flood Management handbook: a practical guide for farmers' has been produced, funded by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, Newground, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment Agency.

Tree planting across England set to get a Multimillion-pound boost

Posted: 31/10/18

As part of the Chancellors Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced a £60 million pledge to plant more trees in order to preserve the country's environment.

Morecambe Sea Wall Officially Open

Posted: 24/10/18

The new wave reflection wall that will reduce the flood risk to 11,400 homes over the next 100 years has been opened by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey.

Praise for Castle Street Community Flood Action Group Clean-up

Posted: 23/10/18

A community clean-up event in Kendal took place on the 14th October which was organised by the Castle Street Community Flood Action Group to protect homes against future flooding, coincided with a weekend of flood warnings and alerts.

Government agrees funding for a new West Kirby flood defence wall

Posted: 12/10/18

The Environment Agency has agreed to part-fund a new £3million flood defence wall that will change the face of West Kirby promenade forever.