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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

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’.

Forthcoming Events

World Habitat Day – Creating Dunes at St Anne’s

Date: 05/10/2020

To celebrate World Habitat Day, join Lancashire Wildlife Trust in erecting fencing and planting Marram grass on the sand dunes at North Beach, St Anne's to create sand dunes.

Flood & Coast 2020

Dates: 08/12/2020, 09/12/2020, 10/12/2020,

Flood & Coast is a unique three-day event bringing together a diverse range of people to advance the global debate about flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) in a changing climate.