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22nd March 2022

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This World Water Day is focused on groundwater, and we’re taking this opportunity to awareness of groundwater flooding – which is much less well-known that other types of flooding, such as surface water, or river and tidal flooding.

Flooding from groundwater can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil underground – known as the water table – rises. When the water table rises and reaches ground level, water starts to seep through to the surface and flooding can happen. This means that water may rise up through floors or underground rooms such as cellars or basements.

Many people won’t realise the important impact groundwater levels can have during times of rainfall, as not only is groundwater mostly not visible, as it runs beneath our feet, but groundwater flooding is also much slower to occur than river flooding – it will usually happen days, weeks or even months after heavy or prolonged rainfall, while it may last weeks or even months.

Did you know that there is a handy tool available to check the groundwater levels where you are? By using the flood check tool developed by the Government, you can not only see the latest flood warnings where you are, but also see the current river, sea, groundwater and rainfall levels in your local area. Click here to take a look.

If you’re concerned about groundwater flooding at your home or business, the most effective way to keep groundwater out of your property is to use a drainage or pump system to divert the water away from your property. Find out more information by clicking here.


Yorkshire Water

Lee Pitcher

General Manager - Living With Water

Lynnsey Pilmer

Communications and Engagement Manager

Catherine Johnson

Portfolio Manager

Emma Brown

Programme Manager

Eve Pierrepoint

Portfolio Manager

Gary Collins

Flood Risk and Engagement Manager

Environment Agency

Neil Longden

Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager

Andrew Barron

Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Senior Advisor, Partnership & Strategic Overview Team, Yorkshire (East)

Kim Tan

Advisor, Flood Resilience Team

Paul Stockhill

East Yorkshire Partnerships Manager

Hull City Council

Mark Jones MBE

Head of Economic Development

Rachel Glossop

Flood Risk Planning Manager

Alex Codd

Director of Economic Regeneration

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Alan Menzies

Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration

Astrid Paget

Principal Engineer - Flood Risk Strategy

Ben Kirby

Assistant Principal Engineer

University of Hull

Dan Parsons

Director, Energy and Environment Institute

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