Devon one of UK’s most at risk areas for flooding

But you’re on your own.

Self-help is going to be the order of the day.

Remember John Hart in February 2020:

“Council Leader, John Hart’s solution, however, is to encourage a modern day dad’s army of individuals, villages and Parish Councils, where they care, to do more for themselves. Self-help, he said, is going to be the order of the day.”

Alex Davis

Devon is one of the UK regions most at risk of flooding, a study has revealed. The research was conducted by Utility Bidder, who revealed the UK areas most at risk of flooding, as well as areas where risk of flooding has increased the most.

The research showed Devon to have the 9th highest percentage of properties at risk of flooding in the UK. According to the study, 6.7% of properties had a risk of flooding higher than 1%, 9% with a risk higher than 0.1% and 9.3% with a risk higher than 0.01%.

Kingston upon Hill, Hull, had the worst stats in the list, with 92.3% of properties having a flooding risk of 0.1%.

Since 2018, it was also revealed that the risk of flooding has increased by 1.35% – the ninth highest increase in the UK. Torbay was also featured as 10th on the list, with an increased risk of flooding of 0.61% since 2018.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 UK properties are at risk of flooding, with Utility Bidder reporting this figure is set to increase due to climate change.

Utility Bidder also published advice to residents on how to minimise risk of a flood, as well as give information on what to do if your home is flooded.

James Longely, Managing Director at Utility Bidder has commented on the steps homeowners should take in order to protect their properties in the event of a flood:

“In England, 1 in 5 properties are at risk of flooding, which goes to show the importance of being prepared for a flood and protecting your property as much as possible and there are a number of steps homeowners can take if a flood alert has been issued, which will help reduce the damage caused to the property and the contents within it.

It’s important to move all important documents and valuable possessions upstairs in order to keep them away from the incoming water, as well as unplugging any electrical items. It’s also advised that homeowners take pictures of their home before the flood happens, as you can easily prove which damage has been caused as a result of the flood.

Sadly, there’s only so much homeowners can do to protect their properties from flooding, so it’s crucial we all know what to do after a flood has occurred. To begin with, it’s important to ring your insurance company as well as the local council, to make them aware of what has happened. If the flooding is severe and water levels are high, you must stay in a high place until help arrives.”

Top 10 UK areas where properties have a flood risk greater than 1%

RankArea>1% risk>0.1% risk>0.01% risk
1Kingston upon Hull16.80%92.30%92.30%
2North Lincolnshire13.90%15.70%16.20%
5Windsor and Maidenhead11.20%24.20%26.30%
6East Riding of Yorkshire8.60%21.30%21.80%
8North East Lincolnshire6.80%18.20%45.60%