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Producing a 2018 baseline of resilience to flooding in Hull and East Yorkshire

The
Challenge

Hull and East Yorkshire are very vulnerable to flooding and were severely impacted by major flood events in 2007 and 2013.

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In June 2007, very heavy rainfall caused surface water flooding in Hull which damaged approximately 8,800 residential properties, 1,300 businesses and 91 out of 99 schools

In December 2013, a storm surge on the North Sea moved into the Humber Estuary and produced record water levels which flooded over 400 properties in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Key stakeholders Hull City Council, Yorkshire Water, the Environment Agency and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are working together to reduce the risk of flooding in Hull including through infrastructural projects and at a community level. They have formed the Living with Water (LWW) partnership to bring together activities to reduce vulnerability to flooding and increase resilience.

Previous studies into the 2007 and 2013 Floods have focused on the physical vulnerabilities of the region, damage to property and the economic costs. No recent research has been undertaken into the long-term effects of these floods on residents and their attitudes to flood risk and resilience.

The
Approach

Lead researchers

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Project funded by

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Project partners

Yorkshire Water

Hull City Council

The Environment Agency

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

The Energy and Environment Institute is working with Living with Water to understand the impacts of the 2007 and 2013 floods, current concerns about flooding, and what people have been able to do themselves to feel more protected.

This will help build a picture of the city’s current resilience to flooding, which can be reviewed periodically during the Living with Water project.

Our first major activity was a survey 450 households in three flood affected areas of Hull. The survey asked residents about whether people experienced flooding in 2007 or 2013 and how it affected them; whether people feel at risk of flooding now (2018); and whether residents have taken any measures themselves to reduce their risk of flooding and what residents understand about city-wide measures taken by the Living with Water partners. It also recorded important socio-demographic information including age, disability and ethnicity.

Download the Research Summary Report here.

The Impact

Many people in the flood affected communities have been really keen to feedback their experiences and views – this is the first time that many people have been asked. The LWW partners are really interested in the feedback and are already responding: East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council are keen to support residents to feel more protected and have developed leaflets with key information for residents. In addition, Hull City Council have made a Flood Risk Officer available to the public on Fridays, to deal with enquiries relating to flood risk and resilience. In the long run, the baseline will also help LWW monitor and evaluate the impacts of their activities supporting effective decision making and implementation.

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