The Environment Agency has launched a new flood warning service for infrastructure owners and operators.
Infrastructure operators will receive multiple warnings tailored to the locations of their assets, enabling them to take early action to protect their assets.
The service Flood Warning for Infrastructure (FWFI) is more specific than the existing service provided to homes and businesses, and the Agency will charge for it.
“We’ve been able to target our response to flood warnings more effectively, taking action where required.”
The web-based service has been developed in partnership with electricity firm Western Power Distribution (WPD).
WPD control centre manager Ian Smith said the company has been using the system successfully for over six months.
“We have been able to target our response to flood warnings more effectively, allowing us to promptly identify our assets at risk in order to take action where required,” he said.
Environment Agency director of flood and coastal risk management Robert Runcie urged owners and operators of infrastructure in flood risk areas to take up the service.
“Operators must continue to invest in business continuity measures for their systems so that essential services can continue even during a flood,” he said.
The Pitt Review − set up following the 2007 floods − recommended the Environment Agency develop a flood warning system more tailored to the needs of infrastructure operators.