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The causes of flooding

Flooding during winter 2013–14 led to saturated ground after some of the worst weather on record.

In January and February 2014, the water table rose 10 metres in five days in some areas. This caused underground springs to reach the surface, overwhelming drainage networks and flooding sewers. In others parts of the region, overflowing rivers caused a similar issue.

As you would expect, we continue to carefully monitor groundwater levels and levels in our sewers and remain ready to respond should issues arise.

How groundwater flooding happens

Groundwater flooding

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Our films below explain the causes of flooding.

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