Hull City Council has published its updated Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) for the next six years.
The LFRMS provides information on local flood risk and the approaches taken to manage it, including flood alleviation schemes completed between 2015 and 2021 and those planned for the next six years, in line with the Environment Agency’s investment cycle.
It also provides useful information on the steps people can take to improve their own flood awareness and resilience, and encourages people to get involved in community and educational events through the Living with Water partnership.
A six-week public consultation was held last year to give the public a chance to have their say on the LFRMS, and the responses have been used to shape the updated strategy.
Cllr Mark Ieronimo, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for Flood Management, said: “Anyone who lived through the flooding in Hull 15 years ago knows what a terrible impact it can have on people’s homes and lives.
“Flood risk is a global issue, not just a local one, and the risk of flooding will continue to increase as the climate changes.
“That’s why we need to be doing everything we reasonably can to reduce the risk of flooding in the future.
“This refreshed strategy is one way to give Hull residents more information on how each and every one of us can play our part in protecting our city in the future.”
As the Lead Local Flood Authority, Hull City Council is required to produce, maintain and update an LFRMS every six years, under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
Hull is the UK city with the highest number of properties at risk of flooding outside of London. About 98 per cent of Hull is below the high-tide mark, so the city relies heavily on flood defences to reduce the threat.
The LFRMS aims to work towards a flood- and climate-resilient city by using innovative and ambitious plans to manage local flood risk.
The long-term approach will incorporate “blue-green solutions”, which contribute towards a carbon-neutral city and enhance place for people and nature.