FLOOD RISK: Postal code checker reveals northeast homes at risk

THOUSANDS of homes in the northeast could be at risk of flooding – and a government database has information on whether it could be you.

From homes inland at risk of surface water flooding to coastal homes at risk of sea level rise, thousands of homes are classified according to a level of risk.

It comes as COP26 wrapped up last week and highlighted what needs to be done to effectively tackle climate change.

Read more: COP 26: Teesside and Tyne and Wear could be underwater by 2030

Meanwhile, a worst-case map has revealed the areas of Tyne & Wear and Teesside could be underwater in just ten years if no action is taken.

Flooding on Durham Road in Sunderland last year

But one postal code checker, which was created by the Environment Agency, indicates by house number if your house is at long-term risk and from what.

Anyone can use the checker that requires your zip code, before showing you what the level of risk to surface water is and the level of risk from rising rivers and seas.

What is surface water

However, what some people not living near the coast – or the river – might not realize is that surface waters, also known as flash floods, can affect areas less suspicious.

Surface water flooding can occur in inland areas and even higher, with the government defining surface water flooding as follows:

– occurs when heavy rains cannot flow

– is difficult to predict because it depends on the amount and location of precipitation

– can arrive at the top of hills and far from rivers and other bodies of water

– is more prevalent in areas with harder surfaces such as concrete

Over the years dozens of areas, including Durham Road in Sunderland and Chester-le-Street, have been photographed partially submerged as surface water caused disturbance.

The government says its postcode checker lets people know about long-term flood risk and possible causes, while saying it also covers risks associated with reservoirs.

You can see the checker here

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Virginia C. Taylor