The Environment Agency and the Isle of Wight Council have worked in partnership to produce the Eastern Yar draft flood and erosion management strategy. The strategy sets out how we will manage flooding and erosion in the Eastern Yar catchment.
The catchment of the Eastern Yar river and Bembridge Harbour is at risk of flooding from both the sea and the river. Flooding and erosion are real risks facing people and their property in this area. With climate changing, rising sea levels and more frequent and intense storms, our existing defences are under increasing threat from the elements.
If the existing defences were not maintained, more than 480 properties in low-lying areas could flood or be lost to erosion from a 1 in 200 year chance event. With rising sea levels this number could increase to over 730 in the next 100 years. Subject to funding being available, our recommendations will help to manage the risk of flooding and erosion to communities throughout this period.