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Intense floods more frequent

Intense floods more frequent 22 February 2018

Climate change to make intense floods more frequent, Environment Agency warns
(via Belfast Telegraph)

Intense bouts of flooding are set to become more frequent in the UK because of climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.

The UK has seen a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years linked to an increase in extreme weather events, such as winter storms, as the country’s climate changes, the EA said.

Met Office records show that there have been 17 record–breaking rainfall months or seasons since 1910 – but that nine of them have occurred since 2000.

At the same time as extreme weather is on the increase, sea levels are rising because of climate change, increasing the risk of coastal flooding and storm surges.

The EA, the Government agency responsible for managing the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, has issued the warning as it launched a flood action campaign aimed at younger people.

Research shows that people aged 18 to 34 years old are least likely to perceive flood risk in their area, know how to protect their homes or where to get information from.

Read more via the Belfast Telegraph…