Two new reports from the Environment Agency today show that one in six
homes in England are at risk of flooding and that investment in the
building and maintaining of flood defences will need to almost
double to £1bn a year by 2035, as climate change increases the risk
of coastal erosion and flooding from rivers and the sea.
In its Flooding in England report, the organisation has revealed
that over 430,000 people in flood risk areas have now signed up to
its flood warnings service and is urging those who are not yet
subscribed to join. The free service provides vital early warning
by SMS, telephone or email, helping to save the lives of those at
risk of flooding.
Also publishing a Long Term Investment Strategy for England, the
Government's environmental watchdog says that a steady increase in
investment will be vital to maintain current levels of protection
against rising seas levels, more rapid rates of coastal erosion,
and increasingly severe and frequent rainstorms due to climate