Extreme flooding events in recent years have devastated countless communities throughout the UK, and it is only a matter of time before such destructive waters are seen again. Beyond the immediate loss of livelihood and business, the impacts of these floods have permeated much deeper, affecting communities both physically and psychologically, affecting the relationships between the people most affected and those charged with alleviating the damage.
But from amidst this chaos, communities have pulled together more strongly than ever. Opportunities have emerged to find new and innovative solutions to the threat of flooding. These are solutions that have the potential to satisfy every stakeholder, and benefit land and water on every level. Such ‘natural’ flood risk management techniques are in no way a universal or absolute solution, but their potential for significant contribution to flood pressure alleviation is widely accepted.
In a documentary-meets-toolkit, High Water Common Ground follows the communities most affected by flooding, examines the needs of the parties involved and explores some of the most innovative methods of flood risk management using real examples from around the country.
“High Water Common Ground has been one of the most successful tools we have in showing just what is possible and inspiring action. It should be essential viewing for anyone associated with flood risk management.”
John Curtin, The Environment Agency, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management