Pluvial (rain-related) flooding in urban areas: the invisible hazard

Donald Houston, Alan Werritty, David Bassett, Alistair Geddes, Andrew Hoolachan, Marion McMillan

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    Abstract

    This study assesses how many people in urban areas are at risk from 'pluvial' flooding – surface water accumulating from the result of intense rainfall. It also explores how socially deprived areas are at slightly higher risk of pluvial flooding.

    The report:

    - explores existing knowledge around flooding and how it has moved up the policy agenda in recent years;
    - outlines the risks posed by flooding;
    - examines who are vulnerable, and the proportion of the urban population living in risky areas, such as those at street level or below;
    - shows how national population growth has the potential to put around three times more people at risk from pluvial flooding by 2050 than climate change; and
    - concludes that adaptation responses need to be developed at local levels, and that local authorities have a pivotal role to play in leading on surface water management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationYork
    PublisherJoseph Rowntree Foundation
    Commissioning bodyJoseph Rowntree Foundation
    Number of pages96
    ISBN (Electronic)9781859358634
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2011

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