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Floods: Warnings

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the take-up was for registration with the Environment Agency for flood warnings in each of the last five years; and whether flood warnings extend to business properties. (203920)

The following table shows the number of properties currently registered with Flood Warnings Direct (FWD). Prior to 2006 the Environment Agency operated an Automatic Voice Messaging (AVG) system which delivered pre-recorded warnings to those who registered with the service. The AVG system provided a phone number for registered properties and therefore did not distinguish between home and business.

The AVG system was administered independently by Environment Agency area offices and therefore no year on year data of registered membership for this service is held nationally.

The Environment Agency transferred approximately 120,000 customers from its AVM system onto the new national system prior to FWD going live in January 2006.

Homes

Businesses

Total registered

1995 to 2005

120,000

2006

103,842

6,773

230,615

2007

168,117

16,305

304,422

2008

208,972

23,224

352,196