Information about the role of the flood risk strategy team, policies and strategies the council has, the flood risk asset register, and plans to invest in flood risk infrastructure.
The team directs and coordinates the ways in which the council reduces and manages the risk of flooding within the East Riding, working with organisations such as the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards and local water companies.
The team's primary responsibilities are to prepare and monitor the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, build and maintain the Flood Risk Asset Registerand manage the council's programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management work.
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council as an authority responsible for managing the risk of flooding. It is working with a number of partners to develop plans and strategies to achieve this.
With the support of elected members, local MPs and major businesses, the Humber Local Authorities along with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership have submitted a proposal to Central Government seeking a commitment for a single settlement of £1.28bn required to improve estuary-wide flood defences along the Humber Estuary.
You can read two documents that support the proposal below:
Flood Defences Cost Money, No Defences Cost More: an economic case for the Humber and United Kingdom (pdf 3mb opens in new window)
The Humber Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy: summary strategy and business case (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
This request for funding is currently being considered by Central Government and a response is expected in early summer 2015.
Over the last two years, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council have worked in partnership with:
to plan how to improve drainage and manage the risk of flooding in the River Hull Valley.
The Strategy was adopted by the River Hull Advisory Board on 10 July 2015.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council formally adopted the Strategy on 7 July 2015 and 22 June 2015 respectively. EA, BNHIDB and YW also agreed the Strategy through their relevant approval process in July 2015.
As part of the strategy a survey of the River Hull was undertaken. Large volumes of silt and other obstructions were identified under the water line. This causes problems with the flow of the river and increases the risk of flooding in surrounding areas.
You can watch a 3D fly-through video showing a graphical representation of the sunken vessels on YouTube.
River Hull 3D fly-through - YouTube (external website)
In November and December 2014 we consulted on a non-technical summary for the strategy. Proposed improvements include re-profiling (dredging) the river and removing sunken vessels to improve flow and various changes to pumping stations and embankments on the River Hull.
River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy - Preferred Approach (pdf 3.65mb opens in new window)
A summary of comments made on it are incorporated into the Summary of Consultation document which will be available along with the published strategy.
The full version of the draft strategy, which provides detailed justification for the approach that partners took when developing the project was also consulted on. Consultation on this closed on 22 May 2015. The Summary of Consultation document incorporating comments received together with the final version of the strategy will be published in Summer 2016. This final version will incorporate comments we received on it, and comments on and recommendations from the Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Habitat Regulations Assessment (below).
Draft RHICS Strategy (pdf 9.55mb opens in new window)
We are required by the EU directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessment to undertake Strategic Environmental Assessment on the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. We are of the view that the RHICS falls within the scope of plans that require SEA.
Partners have agreed that the SEA for RHICS would be an addendum to that undertaken for the draft 2010 River Hull Flood Risk Management Strategy, updating relevant information.
Consultation on the SEA has now ended. We will now consider comments received and make necessary changes. The SEA's revised recommendations (and those of the HRA) will be incorporated into the final published RHICS document .
Strategic Environmental Assessment (pdf 5.05mb opens in new window)
Strategic Environmental Assessment appendices (pdf 435kb opens in new window)
Flood Extent maps (pdf 3.88mb opens in new window)
Cultural Heritage maps (pdf 5.15mb opens in new window)
We are required by the Habitats Directive 92/42/EE as set out in the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (as amended) to undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment of plans and projects which are likely to have a significant effect on one or more sites that are subject to European designations for their wildlife value, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects.
Because the draft SEA concluded that there was the potential for significant harm to European designated sites, we have undertaken a HRA. This assesses potential effects of proposed RHICS interventions on the Humber Estuary and Hornsea Mere. Consultation for this assessment ended on Wednesday, 3 June 2015:
Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (pdf 1.10mb opens in new window)
The draft HRA also has three appendices, which are the citations (the key features of the sites) by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural England. These are available on request.
The council is also responsible for preparing a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) which sets out how we can manage the risk of flooding from 'local' sources. More information is available on the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy page.
Please note: we are working to make all of our flood risk management plans and strategies available online.
We are currently developing a Coastal Strategy that will set out how we will work with partners and the community to manage the risk of coastal erosion and flooding from the sea along our coastline. It is intended to be a single unifying plan, taking a comprehensive view of investment and infrastructure requirements related to coastal processes over the course of the investment period, 2021 until 2055. Several documents will be issued for consultation throughout the course of the strategy and will be made available to view here.
European Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the SEA Directive) requires that we carry out a SEA of the Coastal Strategy, for which the initial stage is to produce a Scoping Report. This report outlines relevant plans and programmes whilst highlighting a range of environmental, economic and social baseline information. The draft SEA Scoping Report and its Appendices have been published for the purposes of consultation:
SEA Coastal Strategy draft scoping report (pdf 3.18mb opens in new window)
SEA Coastal Strategy draft scoping report appendices (pdf 1.23mb opens in new window)
The consultation period for these documents ran from 14 March until 18 April 2016. Although now closed we welcome additional comments to:
Tel: (01482) 391704
Post your comments to:
Flood Risk Strategy Team East Riding of Yorkshire Council Room AS67 County Hall Cross Street Beverley HU17 9BA
We have produced a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment that gives an overview of flood risk across the East Riding and highlights where there is a significant risk of flooding from surface water (flooding caused by heavy or prolonged rainfall).
There is also a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for land use planning purposes that contains detailed flood risk maps and advice about what types of land uses may not be suitable in certain locations due to flood risk and where flood risk mitigation measures may be needed to make a development safe.
The Environment Agency publishes flood risk maps showing areas at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea and also from surface water:
Environment Agency - flood risk maps (external website)
As the lead local flood authority we are required to report on features or structures that, in our judgement, significantly affect flood risk. These can be items such as walls, bridges, screens, pipes and culverts but may also include structures such as cuttings and earthworks.
We also report on the condition and ownership of these assets in a public register. The Flood Risk Asset Register is currently being developed and is due to be completed and published on this website during 2014.
Working in partnership with Hull City Council the Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS) will reduce flood risk to parts of Willerby in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Derringham area of Hull.
The scheme will build a series of lagoons and infrastructure along the Great Gutter Valley that will reduce risk of surface water flooding to approximately 8000 homes and 200 businesses:
Willerby & Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme (WaDFAS) (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
WaDFAS is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013.
The European Regional Development Fund was established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
There are other major flood alleviation schemes being undertaken by the council, for which the details of the design and progress towards completion are available:
Cottingham & Orchard Park Flood Alleviation Scheme (COPFAS) (pdf 472kb opens in new window)
Anlaby & East Ella Flood Alleviation Scheme (AEEFAS) (pdf 761kb opens in new window)
We are aware of concerns about affordable insurance in flood risk areas and have been active in engaging with central government and the insurance industry to achieve this. It is our view that insurance should not be unreasonably withheld from people in flood risk areas.
The government and the Association of British Insurers recently agreed to develop a new mechanism to allow for affordable insurance in flood affected areas. This new mechanism, to be known as 'Flood Re', is still in development but the insurance industry has agreed to follow a previous agreement called the Statement of Principles until July 2015.
Further information can be found at:
Association of British Insurers: Future of Flood Insurance - Flood Re (external website)
Environment Agency - guidance on insurance against flooding (external website)