Research and analysis

Understanding of and response to severe flash flooding

A new report looking at how the public understand and respond to incidents of severe flash flooding.

Documents

Understanding of and response to severe flash flooding - final report

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Understanding of and response to severe flash flooding - final report

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Understanding of and response to severe flash flooding - literature review

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Understanding of and response to severe flash flooding - literature review

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Details

The study reports a number of key findings and makes a total of 28 recommendations on how to move forward. The key messages and recommendations have been formulated to help the Environment Agency with its investigation into the feasibility and advisability of a warning system for severe flash flooding, and in development of effective awareness-raising strategies and messages. Recommendations include:

  • Developing a definition of flash flooding that stresses its potential danger.
  • Working with partners such as local communities to undertake hazard mapping and local planning in areas at risk of flash flooding.
  • Identifying and enforcing statutory requirements for vulnerable locations such as caravan parks and campsites.
  • Research into the use and effectiveness of debris interceptors.
  • Giving statutory responsibility for water rescue to fire and rescue services.
  • Providing practical advice on how to respond as part of flood warning messages, and highlighting the dangers of risk-taking behaviour.
Published 1 June 2009