What’s at risk from coastal flooding and erosion: 10 things you need to know

The government needs to step up action to protect coastal assets and homes from flooding and coastal erosion, according to a report published this morning by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Here are 10 things you need to know about what’s at risk.

1 Coastal flooding and erosion costs more than £260m every year

The annual direct economic damages exceed £260m, but would be much higher when indirect damages are included, such as those related to pollution or health issues.

2 Around £150bn worth of assets are estimated to be at risk

Roads, railway stations, ports, schools, care homes, power stations and landfill sites located on the coast are all vulnerable to coastal flooding and erosion. 

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