Climate change has already had a major impact on British coastlines, moorlands, farms, towns and cities, not to mention the effect it’s had on vast numbers of seabirds in the North Sea and North Atlantic who are struggling to find food due to dwindling prey. While flooding has always been an issue for certain areas in the UK, recent years have seen waters rise to unprecedented levels.
This has left many businesses and homeowners stranded in the meantime.
Following major flooding in areas including York and Greater Manchester in 2015, councils have started to invest more in flood defence to reduce the devastation and downtime the floods caused. Yet despite an increase of flood defences in place, EA chairwoman, Emma Howard Boyd, believes that this will not be enough, warning that “we cannot win a war against water”.
We have seen that in the most recent severe incidents of flooding in South Yorkshire, the devastating effects these can still have on people and their businesses.
They triggered multiple severe ‘threat to life’ warnings, with the local fire and rescue department taking over 1,600 emergency calls and conducting 184 rescues across the county since the incident became severe.