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Searching for holistic flooding solutions

Yorkshire Water is piloting a new study to address the top five worst performing drainage areas in the region and Mott MacDonald Bentley has been commissioned to review the Skipton catchment.

ClientYorkshire Water
ExpertiseFlood investigation modelling


Rather than fully investigate each individual flooding incident, we will review the catchment as a whole, looking at the root cause of problems to find more cost-effective holistic solutions.


Once problems are defined and prioritised, we will evaluate the risks by producing a 2D model to better understand the most critical locations and assess impacts on the surrounding sewer network. We will then develop solutions: short-term mitigation measures for the worst affected areas, and long-term interventions designed to address underlying root causes.


Our study will bridge the gap between a drainage area planning model and the flood investigation process, highlighting ways of maximising the use of existing capacity and leading to more joined-up thinking during the design and development of interventions. Rigorous cost-benefit analysis will lead to buildable, more accurately costed solutions that deliver wider societal and environmental benefits.

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