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Floods: Warnings

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the take-up was for registration with the Environment Agency for flood warnings in each of the last five years; and whether flood warnings extend to business properties.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The following table shows the number of properties currently registered with Flood Warnings Direct (FWD). Prior to 2006 the Environment Agency operated an Automatic Voice Messaging (AVG) system which delivered pre-recorded warnings to those who registered with the service. The AVG system provided a phone number for registered properties and therefore did not distinguish between home and business.

The AVG system was administered independently by Environment Agency area offices and therefore no year on year data of registered membership for this service is held nationally.

The Environment Agency transferred approximately 120,000 customers from its AVM system onto the new national system prior to FWD going live in January 2006.

Homes Businesses Total registered
1995 to 2005 120,000
2006 103,842 6,773 230,615
2007 168,117 16,305 304,422
2008 208,972 23,224 352,196

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