UK Floods – Improved Flood Warning System for Hull

The UK’s Environment Agency has developed the new system to provide quicker and more specific warnings to the public when they are at risk from river or coastal flooding using an automated service alerting people by phone, email or text message.

Warnings will be issued via three separate warning areas, Hull east, Hull west, and Hull city centre, covering a total of 100,000 properties. Residents in the Hull area suffered during the winter storms and floods of 2013 to 2014. The Hull tidal barrier was said to have held back a surge of two metres of tidal water during the December 2013 storm surge. Despite the barrier, wide areas of the city were flooded.

Hull Tidal Barrier. Photo Evironment Agency
Hull Tidal Barrier. Photo Evironment Agency

The EA say that this is an improvement on the previous flood warnings system available to residents of Hull. The new system uses flood modelling data to identify more specific risks, and improved technology is being used to reach more people in a shorter time period.

Hull’s improved warning system will primarily be used to alert people to flood risks posed by rivers and the sea. The system does not provide warnings for sewer and surface water flooding.

Kim Tan, Flood Resilience Advisor at the Environment Agency, said:

The launch of this new flood warning service is great news for the people of Hull. When properties are at risk of flooding, it is vital that people are alerted to give them time to prepare themselves, their families, businesses and properties against the risk of flooding.

I urge everyone to make the most of this important service and sign up for free flood warnings. Being prepared really can make a huge difference when flooding hits.


Users must register for the new flood alerts. Registration is easy. People can sign up for free by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or 0845 988 1188, or by visiting Floods Destroy