Knowledge Base

Flood Statistics

Understanding flood statistics gives us opportunities to manage, prevent and find solutions to reduce the impact of flood risk. Learn about the effects of flooding with the facts and information below.

  1. Around 5 million people live in flood risk areas in England and Wales.
  2. One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding.
  3. Total rainfall in the UK during 2012 was 1,330.7mm, just 6.6mm short of the record set in 2000.
  4. 2012 was the UK’s wettest year on record.
  5. Annual flood damage costs are in the region of £1.1 billion across England.
  6. 5.2 million properties are now at risk of flooding in England.
  7. You are more likely to get flooded than burgled.
  8. Drawing on more resources and investing 10% locally could unlock 90% of central Government funding for flood risk in communities.
  9. Only 41% (276,000) of people eligible for free flood warnings are registered to receive them.
  10. The Flood and Coastal Resilience Partnership Fund controls how money is allocated to community projects.
  11. Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  12. 25% of flooding occurs outside areas formally designated as being flood prone.
  13. 40% of businesses do not reopen after suffering a catastrophic loss.

References: Environment Agency, Defra, Parliament UK.


To be fully prepared for flood risk it is important you know which flood zone your business, home, community or infrastructure is located in. Enter an address here to learn the details of differentiating flood zones.

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