Due to the enormous economic importance of the estuary and the scale of tidal flood risk, the Environment Agency, 12 Local Authorities from around the Humber and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), are working in partnership to develop a strategy that will address the risk and enable sustainable growth now and for the next 100 years.
The Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy focuses on the area around the Humber where flooding from the sea is the main source of flood risk. Other strategies identify ways of managing different sources of flooding such as from overtopping of rivers and heavy rainfall.
About the Humber
There are over half a million people, tens of thousands of businesses within the Humber Strategy Review area as well as thousands of hectares of land. A large portion of these are at risk of tidal flooding during an extreme flood event.
The area consists of critical road, rail and pipeline infrastructure and is an important industrial area and trade gateway with an average of 40,000 ship movements per year. Its ports and wharves handle 14% of the UKs national trade and is the largest port complex in the country. The Humber is the UK's 'Energy Estuary', connected to around 25% of UK energy whether through direct generation or in the import and export of fuels, vital to keeping the UK moving. The area is also an internationally important natural asset for people and wildlife, particularly for overwintering birds, and has valuable intertidal habitat like saltmarsh which can reduce the impact of severe floods.
To help with the development of the new strategy, and to understand local views and priorities, they are carrying out a survey.
Visit https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/... to take part.
To find out more about the work taking place and to manage tidal flood risk around the Humber and how you can get involved, visit