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.

  • Around 5 million people live in flood risk areas in England and Wales.
  • One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding.
  • Total rainfall in the UK during 2012 was 1,330.7mm, just 6.6mm short of the record set in 2000.
  • 2012 was the UK’s wettest year on record.
  • Annual flood damage costs are in the region of £1.1 billion across England.
  • 5.2 million properties are now at risk of flooding in England.
  • You are more likely to get flooded than burgled.
  • Drawing on more resources and investing 10% locally could unlock 90% of central Government funding for flood risk in communities.
  • Only 41% (276,000) of people eligible for free flood warnings are registered to receive them.
  • The Flood and Coastal Resilience Partnership Fund controls how money is allocated to community projects.
  • 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.


The FPG has been developed by the PCA to give consumers wanting to protect themselves from the worst effects of flooding the confidence to find flood protection specialists (contractors and surveyors) and products that are right for the job. Visit property-care.org


Our principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central Government and the Welsh Government through our functions and roles. Visit environment-agency.gov.uk


DEFRA is the UK Government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs. We aim to improve our resilience in the face of flooding and coastal change risks. Visit defra.gov.uk


We work to move decision-making power from central Government to local councils. This helps put communities in charge of planning, increases accountability and helps citizens to see how their money is being spent. Visit communities.gov.uk


By providing an up-to-date UK register of pre-qualified suppliers for construction contracts, Constructionline is a common sense solution that 8,000 buyers from over 2,000 organisations are already making the most of. Visit constructionline.co.uk


This forum is a source of information and exchange of knowledge on groundwater topics in the UK. Learn about the water table, how it affects you and what to do in the event of groundwater flooding. Visit groundwateruk.org

Flood Re for Dummies

The Flood Re scheme operates in the background to provide you with peace of mind; the simplest way to explain how Flood Re works is that it is an insurance policy for your insurer (it’s what we in the insurance industry call a re-insurance scheme). So, if your house floods and you make a flood insurance claim, your insurer will be able to claim back the money that they pay you from Flood Re. Even if you make a claim, you’ll never need to contact Flood Re. For a plain English guide to how the Flood Re Scheme works see here >