Nearly 400,000 people live or work on low-lying land around the Humber Estuary so it is one of the many places that will be affected by rising sea levels. And with current predictions showing sea level rise of up to 0.35 metres by 2060 and up to a metre by 2110 we need to consider long-term protection of communities and habitats in this area.
This strategy outlines flood risk management plan for the Humber Estuary for the next 25 years and beyond. It looks at different ways of managing flood risk; raising defences where appropriate, but also introducing sites for managed realignment and flood storage which will help maintain valuable habitats.
It aims to ensure a good standard of protection from tidal flooding for the next 25 years and beyond for 99% of residents round the estuary and the important industrial areas. However, there are difficult decisions to make. Funds are limited, so the Environment Agency will not be able to improve all of the estuary’s defences. The documents identify those areas that could be affected and answer some of the questions that you may ask.