Romney Marsh’s sea defences have been greatly improved since the North Sea storm surge of 1953. Although there are sea defences along much of the coast, there is still some risk of flooding to the interior of Romney Marsh owing to gaps in the sea defences and the complexities of internal drainage within the Marsh. Further improvements are being considered by the Environment Agency and other partners.
The coast is continually changing because of erosion, deposition and rising sea levels. By 2100, mean sea level around Romney Marsh is expected to be 39-49 cm higher than it was in 1990 (source: UK Climate Impacts Programme).
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 community has pulled together to cope with extreme weather events in the past. With a cooperative approach, we could respond to coastal and inland flooding or heatwaves in a more organised way. One example is New Romney Town Council’s Community Emergency Plan and emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
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 Romney Marsh. These are based on Environment Agency data up to April 2013. The maps show flood risk as if there were no flood defences. In practice, there are flood defences in many areas, so the current flood risk is much lower than shown on this map. But there is still some risk of flooding to the interior of Romney Marsh owing to gaps in the sea defences around the coast and the complexities of internal drainage within the Marsh.
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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