Coastal Communities 2150 Develops Anti-Flood Concepts (UK)

Coastal Communities 2150 Develops Anti-Flood Concepts

Coastal Communities 2150 is asking people who live and work in Seaford, Lewes, Newhaven and the surrounding villages to submit their views on various conceptual scenarios on adapting to sea level rise and flood risk between now and 2150.

The Environment Agency is a partner in the Coastal Communities 2150 Project (CC2150) which helps communities get better prepared for the impacts of climate change over the next 150 years. Over 2,000 homes and 1,300 commercial properties are currently at risk of flooding in Seaford and the lower Ouse valley. Future climate change will make these communities more difficult to protect as a result of increased flooding, erosion and rising sea levels.

With this in mind an online public engagement has been launched. It features six illustrated concepts developed by Coastal Communities 2150 for how the lower Ouse Valley could be adapted over the next 150 years to deal with the effects of climate change and sea level rise. The concepts show more than a century of change in the landscape whilst maintaining the present population and built-up area.

These are:

• Hard line: building hard structures to hold back high tides and flood waters;

• Soft focus: using softer, natural features like salt marsh and embankments to defend areas of land against flooding;

• Get wet: accepting that some areas will flood sometimes and protecting buildings and infrastructure to reduce the amount of damage;

• Higher ground: Moving buildings, infrastructure and other activities from the shoreline and river banks to higher ground;

• Rise up: Lifting buildings and infrastructure out of harm’s way from flooding by putting them on stilts or embankments, or making them float;

• New growth: changing the way they farm the land to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Paul Costelloe, Environment Agency CC2150 Project Officer, said: “The coast around South East England is changing and we all must be prepared for the future effects of rising sea levels, increased flood risk and higher temperatures.

“This is not a formal consultation because the concepts are not schemes or proposals for the area. Instead we are inviting responses from the communities to produce an ambitious but achievable long-term Vision and Action Plan. We are asking people how they think that the communities need to adapt to climate change and what practical role different organisations and individuals should take in achieving that vision.”

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Press Release, October 4, 2013

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