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Climate change will put region at high risk of flooding; WARNINGS AND ACTION PLAN ISSUED IN CAMPAIGN BY AGENCY.

Byline: MICHAEL MUNCASTER Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com @MichaelMjourno

INTENSE bouts of flooding are set to become more frequent in the North East because of climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.

The UK has seen a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years linked to an increase in extreme weather events, such as winter storms, as the country's climate changes.

Met Office records show that there have been 17 record-breaking rainfall months or seasons since 1910 - but that nine of them have occurred since 2000. At the same time extreme weather is on the increase, sea levels are rising because of climate change, increasing the risk of coastal flooding and storm surges.

The North East was devastated by Storm Desmond in 2015 as winds of up to 80mph battered the region, bringing with them heavy rain.

In Corbridge, Northumberland, families were evacuated from their homes as the River Tyne reached its highest level since Environment Agency records began.

And in County Durham, the River Wear breached its banks and roads were flooded, while high winds caused major delays to the Metro and the West Coast Mainline. Emergency centres were set up across Cumbria and in County Durham to support people who were evacuated from their homes.

The Environment Agency has today issued the flood warning as it launches an action campaign aimed at younger people.

Research shows that people aged 18 to 34 years old are least likely to perceive flood risk in their area, know how to protect their homes or where to get information from.

Climate likely to frequent intense Floods They are also at the highest risk of death in floods as they are less likely to perceive the risks flooding poses to their lives. The campaign is Sir James encouraging people to check if their homes are at risk of flooding online, sign up for free warnings and be prepared to take action when flooding hits. Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said: "Climate change is likely to mean more frequent and intense flooding. Floods destroy lives, livelihoods, and property. Our flood defences reduce the risk of flooding, and our flood warnings help keep communities safe when it threatens. But we can never entirely eliminate the risk of flooding. Checking change is mean more and flooding.

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Corbridge Cricket Club after it was flooded by Storm Desmond

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Feb 17, 2018
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