Majority of England’s floodplains ‘no longer work properly’, study finds

Intensive agriculture and urbanisation have ‘smoothed’ 90% of England’s floodplains reducing their ability to slow runoff and prevent flooding, according to a study

Altered floodplains lead to higher flood risk. Photograph: 123RFThe vast majority of England’s floodplains have been “so severely changed” that they are not able to store water, slow runoff and prevent flooding, according to a study.

The study, whose findings were published on 30 May, was conducted by the University of Salford and funded by Co-op Insurance. 

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