The Isle of Sheppey has had its share of emergencies: from the floods in 1953, which prompted construction of the sea defences, to the flood of 1978 and the cold snaps of 2010/11. The community has pulled together to cope with these severe weather events in the past.
As the climate gets warmer, many scientists expect more extreme weather events. We need to be better prepared for:
- Heavy and prolonged downpours
- Cold snaps or heatwaves
- Storms, possibly with high tides and storm surges.
The coast is continually changing because of erosion, deposition and rising sea levels. By 2100, mean sea level on Sheppey is expected to be 39-49 cm higher than it was in 1990 (source: UK Climate Impacts Programme).
With a co-operative approach we could respond to coastal flooding, heatwaves and cold snaps in a more organised way. One example is Minster-on-Sea Parish Council, which has developed a Community Emergency Plan to help with the local response in the event of severe weather emergencies. This experience could be shared across the island.
How can you prepare for severe weather?
Find out if your home or business is at risk of flooding by looking at the CC2150 flood risk map of Sheppey. These are based on Environment Agency data up to April 2013.
To find the latest information on flood risk, contact the Environment Agency to view their flood risk maps, and find out how to prepare and how to report a flood. You can sign up for the Environment Agency’s free flood warnings at: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/38289.aspx or phone Floodline on 0845 988 1188 to speak to someone about flooding.
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- How can we be better prepared for extreme weather and increased risk of coastal flooding?
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