Recent flooding in the UK has changed how we view extreme events.
The world how we previously knew it is changing. The frequency, duration and severity of flooding is increasing and, in the UK, extreme flooding events such as Glasgow (2002), Boscastle (2004), Yorkshire (2007), Gloucester, Wiltshire, Somerset and Avon (2007) Sheffield (2009), Cumbria (2009) Par in Cornwall (2010), Great Britain and Ireland great floods (2012) are becoming the norm.
Flooding events are adding pressure to the Emergency Services to pump water, evacuate and care for people who have become stranded by rising flood waters. Here, at Premier Water Solutions Ltd, we take flood risk and warning seriously and now provide the flood warnings from the Environment Agency here on our website click here.
The reasons behind the increase in severity of flooding in the UK is a highly debated subject but the general consensus is that it is down to a complicated combination (but not limited to):
- Increasing the amount of hard standing in catchments (i.e developments of towns and cities) using traditional pipework conveying surface water to the rivers at a rate greater than when it was originally agricultural land
- Building developments on land which has historically been designed to flood (flood plains)
- Changing global weather patterns
- Climate change
- Rising sea levels/tidal storm surges preventing watercourses from discharging freely into the sea