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Flooding devastates communities

The OECD estimates that around 20% of the world’s population will be at risk of flooding by 2050 as our climate changes. And in the UK alone, 5.2m homes and businesses are at risk.*

We can’t always prevent floods occurring but we can be better prepared.

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The University of Hull and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have come together to take action.

Ark: National Flood Resilience Centre is the first facility of its kind anywhere in the world. It provides realistic environments that will enable businesses, specialists and communities to build resilience through collaborative training and research.

Including a full sized street scene and other settings, Ark will create specific, real-life flood scenarios where emergency responders will train and practise safely together.

As the risk of flooding increases, Ark’s facilities will enable our researchers to improve the understanding of floods and find better ways to predict, prepare for and manage the impact of flooding on individuals, communities and the economy.

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We know from experience just how essential it is to provide an effective emergency flood response. Ark will give Fire and Rescue Services and all the other responding agencies, a facility where we can prepare in a much more realistic way, and access to a wealth of research and innovation power.

Steve Topham Director of Service Support, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

The realistic flood environment at Ark will lead to a step-change in our flood resilience capabilities and establish the centre as the go-to place for research, innovation, teaching and training. It will provide another way for the University to apply its expertise in service of the local community and the UK as a whole.

Professor Dan Parsons Director of the Energy and Environment Institute, University of Hull

Ark will make a big difference to communities right across the UK as floods become more frequent in a changing climate. By raising awareness and helping at-risk residents and businesses to be better prepared, Ark will help people to be more resilient and the economy to recover more quickly when floods strike.

Dr Giles Davidson Project Lead, Ark