In the 20 years since Easter 1998, great strides have been made to help protect over 7,000 properties that are at risk of flooding
in the county.
They're also helping communities prepare themselves for flooding
, such as supporting them to develop community flood plans and recruit volunteer flood wardens in at-risk communities.
Working with other experts from the universities of Cambridge and Glasgow, he has drawn on historic records to build a clearer picture of the flooding
It comes a year after parts of the UK were hit by devastating flooding
as the country was battered by a series of extreme winter storms.
Community resilience however involves more than attempted flood prevention and emergency response; resilience is the community's ability to plan for flooding
so the impact is minimised and to bounce back through a recovery process that itself is often the greatest life trauma.
For those which have been flooded in recent years, the potential risk of repeated future flooding
is much more significant and could affect insurance premiums, the RICS says.
Major floods during the past decade have included the flooding
during the summer of 2007, which cost the insurance industry pounds 3bn, as well as the 2005 floods in Carlisle and last year's problems in Cumbria, which cost pounds 272m and pounds 174m respectively.
The risks and impacts of flooding
can be reduced through schemes like Flood Plan UK, as well as by preventing inappropriate housing development in the flood plain and ensuring that properties, when flooded, are rebuilt to resilient standards.
The plans must include measures to reduce the likelihood of flooding
and to mitigate potential consequences.
can cost householders on average pounds 28,000 -30 times more than the cost of a burglary.
Assuming a property won't flood is risky, considering everyone lives in varying degrees of a flood zone--ranging from less than 1 percent of flooding
each year to a 26 percent chance of flooding
over the life of a 30-year mortgage, according to information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Still, although a flash-flood watch was issued for the areas burned in last year's wildfires, the Los Angeles area was spared significant mudslides and flooding