Flood risk – what’s it worth? Bristol

5 April, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Flooding in Somerset Levels 2014.
Flooding in Somerset Levels 2014.

About this event

The risk of flooding is sadly a factor in many people's lives, particularly in the Somerset Levels, and its frequency and impact appears to be growing. Panel members will discuss the issues below and the discussion will be opened to the audience.

  • What is the impact of event frequency and risk on flood defence design?
  • What is 'acceptable risk' and how do we communicate this to the public?
  • How can we respond to public calls for funding for capital projects from a diminishing public purse?
  • What is the role of flood insurance in decision making and planning defences?
  • What is the role of communities in minimising the impact of flooding?

Please arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Light refreshments will be provided before the event.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


  • Dr Woods (University of Bristol, Department of Civil Engineering) - Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering.
  • Nick Lyness (Environment Agency) - Wessex Area Flood and Coast Risk Manager.
  • David Wilkes (Arup) - Associate Director working in rivers and coastal management, former CIWEM president.