SC080028 - The Long Term Health Impacts of Flooding in England and Wales

Theme:Incident Management and Community
Project status:Completed
Start date:08/08/2008
End date:12/12/2011
  • agrienvironmental research,
  • information and communications,
  • government,
  • Flood Defence,
  • politics and public administration,
  • agriculture and health,
  • food
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
  • Health Protection Agency


Limited evidence suggests that being flooded may increase mortality and morbidity among affected householders not just at the time of the flood but for months afterwards. The available research does not allow firm conclusions on such health impacts, however, despite their potential importance for policies on flood protection and response. To explore the methods for quantifying such long term health effects of flooding in England and Wales, a research collaboration was established involving the Environment Agency, the Health Protection Agency and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The research is reported under three main headings:

1. Analysis of flooding and mortality in England and Wales, 1994-2005: controlled interrupted time series analysis
2. Population displacement after the 2007 floods in Kingston upon Hull, UK
3. Methodological considerations for quantifying the long term health impacts of flooding in England and Wales

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