Up to 16,000 homes under threat

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Almost 16,000 homes in the north Lancashire area are at risk of flooding, according to new data.

An analysis of Environment Agency data released by Friends of the Earth showed that there are 15,843 homes at flood risk in the constituencies of Lancaster and Fleetwood – 12,781 at risk, and Morecambe and Lunesdale – 2972 at risk.

This includes 221 which have been judged by the Environment Agency to be at significant risk.

Nationally, over 6,000 homes have been affected by the winter floods and storms.

However, the figures show there is a much larger number of properties in the UK that could face flooding in future.

The Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment estimates that almost one million UK homes could be at significant flood risk by the 2020s, up from the 370,000 currently at significant risk nationwide.

Friends of the Earth’s North West Regional Campaigner Helen Rimmer said: “As a country we must do much more to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Without proper investment in flood defences, hundreds of thousands more homes could be put at risk of flooding.”