Our region received 260 per cent of its historical average rainfall during the winter of 2013–14 after some of the worst weather on record.
During the extreme weather in our region early in 2014, we had to tanker and pump stormwater to prevent it overwhelming our sewers and people’s homes.
Damage caused by flooding in 2007 cost the UK economy
£3.2 billion. Following these floods, Sir Michael Pitt was asked to carry out an independent review by the Government into what happened and what should be done differently in the future.
Recommendations from the Pitt Review included the production of Surface Water Management Plans for high risk areas.
Defra has funded the development of a number of Surface Water Management Plans in our region.
Local authorities are responsible for producing the plans, in collaboration with the Environment Agency and the water industry.
We're currently working with the relevant county councils and unitary authorities to help develop these plans. Read more about those that are under way below.