Anyone can use the new maps - simply type in a postal code to check
the surface-water flood risk in that area. You can find the maps at www.environment-agency.gov.uk. The maps help bolster the previous flood mapping system, which only included river and sea flood risks.
The new maps are a welcome tool for people and businesses that were not previously served by the flood maps, as well as being an additional resource for those vulnerable to floods from the river or sea. By supplying more comprehensive surface - water data, the EA hopes to prevent Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA) from getting blind-sided with unforeseen surface - water flood risks.