12th August 2021
Living With Water and University of Hull release report on 2007 floods
June 25 2007 is a day that will live long in the memories of Hull people.
Exceptional rainfall on June 15 – and then June 25 – led to severe surface water flooding across areas of the city.
The flooding affected around 20,000 people in Hull, with almost 9,000 homes and businesses hit.
To better understand the impact of the flooding on local residents, the University of Hull and Living with Water partnership has conducted a study into the events of June 2007.
The Hull Household Flood Survey – led by Dr Sam Ramsden at the University - has provided insight into the impacts of the 2007 floods, concerns about flooding, and where engagement around further measures can be taken for future protection of homes against flooding.
The survey, in which 457 households took part, highlighted over a third of households surveyed have yet to take measures to better protect themselves from future flood events.
In addition, a separate study examined the impact of flooding in 2007 on the Haltemprice ward of Hull. Haltemprice was severely impacted by surface water flooding in 2007, has suffered a number of subsequent flood events, and is vulnerable to further flooding.
Over 150 households in Haltemprice shared their experiences of flooding, forming a new summary report
You can read the summary reports, led by Dr Ramsden, on our Projects page.
A Blue-Green vision for the future
The two reports tie closely to Living with Water’s ‘Blue-Green’ vision.
The strategy explores opportunities to manage water effectively for the future of Hull and the East Riding, and has recently starting surveying areas in the region where sustainable schemes can be implemented.
SuDS help to manage surface water caused by rainfall by acting in a similar way to natural water processes. They play a crucial role in slowing the water flow and channel it away from drains and sewers.
As well as managing flood risk, SuDS also help reduce pollution and enhance biodiversity.