Hull's Tidal Barrier

Hull prepares for a month’s worth of rainfall over the next few days

Residents are being reminded to implement personal flood protection measures as the city prepares for significant rainfall this week.

The MET office has predicted that Hull may experience around 30-60mm of water between midnight tonight and Thursday morning. The total average monthly rainfall for this area in January is around 50-60mm.

With the level of rain expected, some properties will be at increased risk of flooding and the city will see standing water on roads and low spots. Hull City Council gully crews will be out all night ensuring that the road network is kept clear and assisting in any localised flooding.

Preparations are underway to manage the risk, by ensuring that the watercourse trash screens are cleared to ensure there are no blockages, and the storage lagoons for the flood alleviation scheme are emptied to have maximum capacity.

The flood alleviation schemes including Willerby and Derringham, Cottingham and Orchard Park and Anlaby and East Ella have been delivered in partnership with the Humber LEP and East Riding Council, with an allocation from the Local Growth Fund as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for environment said: “Unfortunately we are expecting some heavy rainfall over the coming days, and we are working with our partners including the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water on a combined operational response to ensure our flood assets work as designed, and to share resources.

“However we also need communities and individuals to be prepared. These can be simple actions such as signing up to flood warnings, or preparing an emergency flood kit full of essential items for you and your family, or a flood plan, ensuring you know what action to take if your home or business is flooded.”

To find out more about how you can protect yourself, visit the Environment Agency or Living with Water websites.