Floods are becoming more common. In recent years, storms in winter and summer, have caused devastating floods across large areas of the UK, including Yorkshire. Millions of pounds of damage have been caused to infrastructure and homes. Flood events can also be detrimental to river ecology and can increase the delivery of pollutants to the channel.
There are several reasons for the increased frequency and magnitude of flooding and the exact causes of flooding events are difficult to determine. There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense as a result of climatic warming.