Floods

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of James Paice James Paice Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what critical infrastructure has been identified as vulnerable to flooding; and what the location and level of risk of each is.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Farming and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 17 September 2008

The following table shows the number of critical facilities sites at risk of flooding. The Environment Agency is unable to give the location of these sites for national security reasons.

Number of sites in flood zone (flood risk probability)
Asset Significant (1 in75) Moderate (1 in 75-200) Low (1 in 200 or fewer) Total in all three zones
Water and sewerage (Number) 737 223 179 1,145
Electricity, generation and distribution (Number) 2,215 2,263 3,818 8,423
Gas, works and distribution (Number) 5 8 10 23
Telephone exchanges (Number) 82 67 86 241
Motorways (Kilometres) 139 104 132 382
A roads (Kilometres) 884 553 809 2,278
Railway lines (Kilometres) 1,470 750 948 3,213
Note:

Taken from an Environment Agency study showing infrastructure overlain on flood risk maps (river and sea floodplains).

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