Storm Brendan is only the second named storm of the UK winter storm season. Not every storm is given a name: only those that are expected to generate an amber or higher weather warning for wind, rain, snow or flooding. Even though the weather has been particularly wet, we have not had a lot of storms (by contrast, when storm Fionn struck on the 16th January 2018, it was the sixth major storm of the season).
Danger from Flash Flooding
When heavy rain falls on ground that is already saturated, and drains are already struggling to cope with the extra water, the conditions are set for flash flooding. One storm is all it takes to push the system over the edge.
Danger from River Flooding
Rivers famously flow to the sea, but at high tide, the sea pushes back. This can create a condition called a tidal block and (at times where there is excess water in the system – such as the aftermath of a storm) can cause a river to burst its banks. The flooding of the river Nene in Peterborough this week was caused by this combination of circumstances.
Danger from Coastal Flooding
The most dramatic pictures of any storm are generally captured by those photographers brave (or foolhardy) enough to head down to the coast and snap the huge waves crashing into the shoreline. The strong winds of Storm Brendan are predicted to generate waves up to 50ft high. Coastal communities are at most risk when freak waves combine with high tide and a storm surge.
Property Level Protection
For the millions of homes and businesses along the coastlines and river banks of the United Kingdom, being aware of flood warnings and having plans in place is absolutely crucial. Sign up for free flood alerts from the Environment Agency and find flood maps and gauge maps on our Resources page. Protecting a property with flood barriers is a proven way to mitigate damage, and it costs far less to protect a property than to pay for repairs following floodwater ingress.
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