Environment Agency launches new three-tier flood warning codes

PUBLISHED: 14:35 26 October 2012

Flood alert icon - Environment Agency

Flood alert icon - Environment Agency


A three-tiered system of flood danger codes has been introduced to warn people of any predicted threats to their home.

The Environment Agency’s new system uses the terms “flood alert”, “flood warning” and “severe flood warning” to signify the level of threat in a given area.

A flood alert is the first level of danger and is put up when flooding is possible, but before any floods have been recorded, giving people the chance to prepare for future problems.

A flood warning is made when floods are expected and people should take immediate action to minimise damage.

The most dangerous level is a severe flood warning, which is raised whenever there is dangerous flooding that poses a significant risk to life or disruption to communities.

Each code is represented on the Environment Agency’s website by an icon showing house with one, two or three waves reflecting the corresponding level of the threat.

Flood alerts can be found by clicking on the map at Icons with the relevant threat level are pinned onto the map, highlighting dangers in specific areas.

By clicking on the icon, the service will then give detailed information, such as the time flooding is expected, tide heights and what locations will be affected.

David Murphy, an Environment Agency flood risk manager, said: “Measures such as the £116,000 glass panelled defences in Wells-next-the-Sea have improved the area’s flood defences.

“However, there is always a threat and the Environment Agency wants everyone to be able to read their easy-to-understand codes about flood risks.

“The new flood symbols and updated warning messages make it easier than ever for people to understand and prepare their property effectively.”


  • or put on ya boots, then do you wish you took swimming lessons?, then finally to late !

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • When will these organisations learn that they should just get on with the main job, and cut out the expensive branding and PR gimmicks. My bank sent me its 'Corporate Document' the other day, and wonders of wonders, it has a mission statement that tells me it wants to be a 'best practice bank' And there was me thinking it wanted to be a worst practice laundry

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Totally agree with the comment above there three colour system would be perfectly adequate. It seems the EA are just like most other government departments and treat the public as if were all five years old and therefore couldn’t possible understand something without a pretty picture. I’m just surprised they didn’t name the three levels “Walk”, “Paddle” And “Swim”

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • I wonder which highly paid idiot thought of this harebrained scheme? More money being thrown down the drain so to speak.....

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • I'm sure the floodwaters will be delighted with their new and doubtless expensively-designed logos!

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Why didn`t the EA take the opportunity to bring its warnings back in line with the system used by the Met Office. That is Yellow Amber and Red. Which is what it used to be with the EA`s predecessor,the National Rivers Authority.

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    Friday, October 26, 2012

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