Flooding

This is the most common and widespread natural disaster in the UK; we need to prepare in advance to minimise the impact that flooding could have.

Flooding can occur from the sea, rivers and from continuous and /or abnormal rainfall levels.  The highest flooding risk is surface water flooding (where drainage systems are unable to cope with the volume of rainfall).

Issues associated with flooding are widespread and can include:

  • Risk to life.
  • Damage and disruption to homes, personal property, businesses, infrastructure.
  • Pollution of local environments.
  • Disruption to utilities and evacuation.
  • Short, medium and long-term homelessness.
  • Long term health and psychological impacts.

What are we doing in North Yorkshire?

  • Investigating the causes of significant flooding across the county.
  • Working with local flood groups e.g. Tadcaster, Malton
  • Working with emergency services, local authorities and other agencies to develop flood response plans and procedures
  • Communicating with housing developers to incorporate flood protection into new developments
  • Working with emergency services, local authorities, utilities and other agencies to develop flood response plans and procedures.
  • Regular maintenance and clearing programme of gullies and culverts, especially in the event of storm warnings.

Flood Alert

amber flood warning

What it means

Flooding is possible. Be prepared.

When it's used

Two hours to two days in advance of flooding.

What to do

  • Be prepared to act on your flood plan.
  • Prepare a flood kit of essential items.
  • Monitor local water levels and the flood forecast on our website

Flood Warning

red flood warning

What it means

Flooding is expected. Immediate action required.

When it's used

Half an hour to one day in advance of flooding.

What to do

  • Move family, pets and valuables to a safe place.
  • Turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if safe to do so.
  • Put flood protection equipment in place.

Severe Flood Warning

severe flood warning

What it means

Severe flooding. Danger to life.

When it's used

When flooding poses a significant threat to life.

What to do

  • Stay in a safe place with a means of escape.
  • Be ready should you need to evacuate from your home.
  • Co-operate with the emergency services.
  • Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

 

Where can you get further information?

Visit the Environment Agency's or Met Office's website