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Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

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A significant proportion of the urban areas within Copeland are situated in close proximity to the coast and the large rivers of the Borough, and these areas are consequently at risk of coastal and fluvial flooding. However, these are not the only flood risks. There are many locations that are threatened by flooding from the numerous small watercourses that are features of the upland and rural nature of Copeland, and from overloaded drainage and sewage systems.

The Copeland Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been carried out to meet the following key objectives:

  • to collate all known sources of flooding to identify areas that have a ‘low’, ‘medium’ and ‘high’ probability of flooding;
  • to recommend appropriate land uses within flood affected areas;
  • to recommend possible flood mitigation solutions.  

The Copeland Strategic Flood Risk Assessment is available to download below. Please note, the full document is a large file.

Copeland Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (April 2007) (Full document - 9.97MB)


For further information please contact The Planning Policy Team on 0845 054 8600.  E-mail: