Flood Statistics

  • Around 5 million people live in flood risk areas in England and Wales.
  • One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding.
  • Annual flood damage costs are in the region of £1.1 billion across England.
  • You are more likely to get flooded than burgled.
  • Drawing on more resources and investing 10% locally could unlock 90% of central Government funding for flood risk in communities.
  • Only 41% (276,000) of people eligible for free flood warnings are registered to receive them.
  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • 25% of flooding occurs outside areas formally designated as being flood prone.
  • 40% of businesses do not reopen after suffering a catastrophic loss.


References: Environment Agency, Defra, Parliament UK, AquoBex