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On-going projects

Living with Water

The
Challenge

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

In June 2007, very high rainfall led to flooding in Hull which damaged approximately 7,200 residential properties, 1,300 businesses and 91 out of 99 schools, affecting over 8,600 households.

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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.

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 University is working with Living with Water and is researching the impacts of the 2007 and 2013 floods, and current levels of awareness of flood alleviation measures being developed by LWW partners, flood prevention measures at household (or business or school) levels, and concerns about flooding.

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 has been to 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.

We have completed the survey, produced a qualitative analysis of the key themes emerging from the survey work, and are about to start the quantitative analysis. We are also considering extending the baseline analysis to include businesses, schools, and areas of East Yorkshire.  We will also complement the survey with interviews with key stakeholders and residents – for instance, over half the survey respondents are willing to provide more information.

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. Due to the relatively large number of people providing their views, the LWW partners are really interested in the feedback and are already responding – for instance Hull City Council are developing their flood management strategy and looking at the survey results to identify how they can help people improve their household flood defences. The interest in the results shown by the LWW partners has also encouraged residents to feedback. 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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