Improving flood resilience in Lancaster

Article by Esther Morrissey 13 February 2018

Newground is currently delivering a programme of flood support across the North West to increase awareness and preparedness of flooding on behalf of the Environment Agency, assisting communities at risk of flooding to improve their flood resilience. This includes raising awareness of the Environment Agency’s free Flood Warning Service and providing assistance with property level flood planning.

Flood Warnings

As part of this work Newground have engaged with residents in Lancaster, who live in flood warning areas offering free advice and support intended to help them to become more prepared and resilient to flooding. Only 31% of eligible properties were signed up to receive flood warnings the the Skerton Pool flood warning area of Lancaster. Since engaging with the community, 41% of people are now signed up to the Flood Warning Service.

You can find more information on flood warnings and how to sign up here

 

Flood Planning

We also talked to residents about flood planning, as having a flood plan in place for your property can help you to be more prepared and in turn help to minimise damage and reduce the impact of flooding.

 Lancaster Household Flood Plan (1)

Download a free household flood plan for properties in Lancaster here

 

Reporting A Flood

As the types and causes of flooding can be complex and knowing who is responsible for dealing with flooding can be confusing we have produced an infographic to help residents in Lancaster understand who’s responsible for different types of flooding.

 Lancaster Whos Responsible (1)

Download the 'Who is responsible for flood water?' infographic for Lancaster here

 

The Environment Agency has a helpful document for understanding riparian ownership called Living on the edge. This helps people that own land or property next to a river stream or ditch to understand their roles and responsibilities.

More information and advice on flood resilience can be found on our Knowledge Centre. If you have any specific issues or queries regards flooding please contact us on 01254 265 163 and a member of our team would be happy to help.

 



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