Surface water flooding is a growing problem across West Yorkshire, disrupting residents and businesses, causing damage, costs and safety risks. The current flood response is reactive rather than proactive and there is no early warning system in place.
This project, led by Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council, will investigate the use of connected places technology to develop a real time surface water flood warning system. This will identify flood risk sites and provide an early warning system for residents.
The warning system will allow flood teams to direct resources prior to flooding and communicate with communities at risk, thereby reducing the impact.
The project will assess the potential costs and benefits of using this system, and scope feasibility for their installation and data exchange. As flooding is a shared problem, this project proposes a shared solution across West Yorkshire.