‘Ignored’ groundwater flooding costs £530m a year, says consultancy

Groundwater flooding costs £530m a year in England yet is much less known than surface water and coastal flooding, according to ESI

Better understanding of groundwater is being called for. Photograph: Ian Allenden/123RFGroundwater flooding costs £530m a year in England but little is known about it compared with other types of flooding, according to environmental consultancy ESI.

In a report on groundwater, published on 6 December, ESI says flood risk analysis and recommendations from recent government reviews have been “too rivers-centric”, and calls for more robust risk management plans to be developed to help “understand and tackle a costly but largely ignored natural hazard”.

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