Winter is Coming: Be Prepared for Flooding Events
Flooding, Flood Resilience
Flooding can occur at any time of year, but there are a few factors that make the winter months statistically a more dangerous time of year for flooding. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this might be and how you can prepare your property if you think it may be at risk from winter floods.
Five Factors that Aggravate Winter Flooding
- Deciduous Trees. In the summertime, plants soak up a huge amount of water to keep their leaves fleshy and green. After the autumn leaf fall they take in much less. Equivalent cloudbursts could occur in November and July, but a lot more water will wind up in the streams and sewers in November because the trees aren’t soaking it up.
- Frozen Ground. Ground that is frozen has low permeability. This can lead to excess run-off and flash flooding when rain hits the hard ground and can’t soak away.
- Snowmelt. Enormous amounts of water can be held in snow and ice. When there is a quick thaw, all that water can be added to river and drainage systems at once - overwhelming them and causing flooding.
- Storm Surges. Winter is the season of storms. These low pressure systems make the seas higher. When high waves are combined with high tides, severe flooding can occur in coastal regions and further up our tidal rivers. We wrote about the devastating effects of storm surges on tidal rivers in a recent blog post.
- More Precipitation. Put simply, it rains more in the UK in the autumn and winter than it does in the summertime. Where there is more water, there is a greater risk of flooding.
At Flood Ark, we manufacture and install flood barriers that offer property level protection for homes and businesses at risk of flooding. We designed them so they could be deployed quickly in conditions where flash flooding, river flooding or coastal flooding is likely to occur. They have been thoroughly tested in the laboratory and in genuine emergencies.
Get your property prepared for the winter flood season by arranging a FREE survey of the flood risk to your property. Call us on 01603 879977 to arrange for our survey team to assess your property. Alternatively, if you have any questions, email email@example.com.
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