According to an analysis of Environment Agency data released today by Friends of the Earth, there are 43,869 homes at flood risk across Hampshire.
Portsmouth North has the highest number of homes at risk – 14,983. Romsey & Southampton North has 2,213 at risk homes
The recent flooding has affected Hampshire particularly badly with road and rail closures and devastation to homes and businesses in the area. Nationally, over 6,000 homes have been affected by the winter floods.
However, the figures show there is a much larger number of properties in the UK that could face flooding in future. This is a concern as climate change is set to make flooding more widespread.
Worse still, the Government’s own Climate Change Risk Assessment estimates that almost one million UK homes could be at significant flood risk by the 2020s, up from the 370,000 currently at significant risk nationwide. Yet the Government is spending £500 million less on flood defences than is required to keep pace with climate change, according to its own advisors, while cutting spending on energy efficiency and bringing uncertainty to renewable energy projects.
Friends of the Earth South East Regional Campaigner Brenda Pollack, said:
“Flooding is devastating for anyone that is affected by it and as a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.”
“Prevention is better than cure, so it’s also vital that the Government redouble efforts to stop climate change becoming worse.”
“We are asking Hampshire MPs to support the call for flood defences in line with the risks posed by climate change, and for more investment to make homes energy efficient, switch to renewable energy and get off climate-changing and polluting fossil fuels.”