Floods took nearly £2bn economic toll on England’s economy in 2015-16

The record-breaking floods of 2015 to 2016 cost the economy £1.3-£1.9 billion, with business premises bearing the brunt, according to an analysis by the Environment Agency

Flooded farmland and houses. Photograph: Steve Mann/123RF
Damage from floods becoming worse year on year. Photograph: Steve Mann/123RF

The floods of winter 2015-16 caused damage worth up to £1.9 billion to businesses, transport infrastructure, homes and agriculture, the Environment Agency has calculated.  

The floods were the most extreme on record in terms of the intensity of the rainfall, with storms Eva, Desmond and Frank leaving a path of destruction across much of the north of England and Scotland.

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