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Areas of Bristol at highest risk of flooding due to climate change


Bristol could become uninhabitable in the near future because of the climate crisis – and some areas are more at risk than others, according to an expert.

Over 1,000 properties in the city have been identified as at risk from flooding, with suburbs such as Ashton, Southmead and Henbury potentially in danger in the near future because of extreme weather.

Angela Terry, environmental scientist and founder of climate action website One Home, said: “No corner of the world is escaping climate change, and Bristol is no exception.

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“Flooding which occurs as a result of very heavy rainfall currently presents the biggest type of flood risk to the city. Tidal surges caused by storms is another significant issue with 1,100 properties in the city identified as at risk.

“The Council has identified particular areas that are vulnerable – Ashton, Southmead, Henbury, Hengrove and St George. Areas at the base of Dundry Hills (from Whitchurch to Withywood) are also high risk.

“We need urgent systemic change to combat climate change, but it must go hand-in-hand with individual and community action. The time to act is now.”

It comes as a government expert warned that Bristol is among the major coastal cities which are at risk of being submerged because of climate change, the Mirror reported.

Sir David King, the chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, says that unless rising global emission levels can be controlled, Britain will witness more extreme weather including intense storms and floods, putting Bristol, London and Hull particularly at risk.

This could mean that the capital would have to be moved away from London.

He told the Mirror: “We are an island nation which means the biggest challenge we are face from climate change is rising sea levels and storms at sea.

“And storms at sea when you are an island nation also mean storms inland so the net result is our coastal areas are under attack at the same time as our rivers are flooding.

“If you think of London with the Thames in flood and coming up the Thames estuary flood waters as well..[you have} attack form flooding from both sides,” he said.

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He continued: “If we run forward in time and we continue emitting greenhouse gases at the current level we can no longer defend our valuable assets and we would have to start moving to higher land. What am I talking about? I am talking for example about the capital.

“This is already happening in Indonesia, the Government is moving the capital from higher land because Jakarta is being so seriously flooded already.

“They have rising sea levels, Jakarta is sitting very close to sea level and it’s a place with a river estuary so the estuaries are flooding at the same time as the storms are flooding from the ocean so Jakarta is no longer viable for the next 20 to 30 years.”

Last year, a major study from Bristol officials concluded that severe flooding could submerge swathes of central Bristol by the end of the century, unless more defences are built.

Bristol City Council released a major report in 2020 outlining £249m worth of flood prevention measures.

It warns without intervention, devastating floods could become an annual occurrence, with 4,500 properties at serious risk – compared to 1,100 now.

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