Policy paper

National Flood Resilience Review

Review of how we assess flood risk, reduce the likelihood of flooding, and make the country as resilient as possible to flooding.



This review has looked at how we:

  • understand the risks of river and coastal flooding from extreme weather over the next 10 years
  • assess the resilience of key local infrastructure (such as energy, water, transport and communications), and identify ways to protect it better
  • improve how we respond to flood incidents, including through new temporary flood defences

The review was set up in January 2016 to assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and extreme weather events such as during December 2015.

The review was chaired by the then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with a team including Cabinet Office, Defra, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, and the government’s Chief Scientist.