Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Flood risks in political constituencies across England and Wales

The ABI - Association of British Insurers - "The voice of the UK's insurance industry" issued a news release on the 31st January entitled  "From Aberconwy to York, Boston to Windsor - ABI Highlights the serious Flood Risk facing communities in England and Wales"

They said The worrying scale of the flood risk faced by communities in political constituencies across England and Wales is revealed today, 31 January 2012 by the ABI. Boston and Skegness in Lincolnshire is the constituency with the most homes at significant risk of flooding followed by the Vale of Clwyd, Folkestone and Hythe, then Windsor. In 92 constituencies there are 1,000 or more homes at high flood risk.

The ABI has analysed the latest Environment Agency flood data against the 573 parliamentary constituencies in England and Wales. This shows that, despite Government pledges to tackle the rising flood threat, thousands of homes and businesses remain at significant flood risk. Significant flood risk is defined as a greater than 1 in 75 chance of flood in any given year.

The findings reinforce ABI’s warning that, with the insurance industry’s voluntary flood agreement with the Government ending in June 2013, a new sustainable long-term solution needs to be urgently agreed to avoid as many as 200,000 high-risk households facing problems in getting flood insurance after then.

The analysis highlights that the constituencies with the most homes at significant flood risk are:

Boston and Skegness, where 7,550 homes are at significant flood risk
Vale of Clwyd 7,339

Folkestone and Hythe 7,196

Windsor 7,125

Runnymede and Weybridge 6,541

Clwyd West 6,160

Aberconwy 5,500

Nottingham (south) 5,043

Great Yarmouth 4,965

Sittingbourne and Sheppey 4,295

Leeds (central) 4,209

Canterbury 4,199

Source ABI Media to read the entire news release follow this link

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