Nick Lupton’s residence, located by the river in Worcester, England, has experienced flooding on approximately twelve occasions within a span of only seven years. In order to prevent this, he constructed a large barrier around his property.
Lupton and his spouse, Annie, reside in a 17th-century residence worth over $765,000, situated near the River Severn. According to Gloucestershire Live, their one acre property and house have been flooded 11 times since 2016, as reported by multiple news agencies.
Lupton and his wife, exhausted from constantly cleaning up after floods, decided to take matters into their own hands and spent months constructing a wall to safeguard their home in a flood-prone area. He shared this information with CBS News partner BBC.
The persistent weather conditions are expected to last until at least Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of lasting for “several days” in certain areas.
Out of the 30 measuring stations along the river, 18 showed “high” levels on Friday. The measuring station in Worcester reported a height of 18.2 feet at 4:30 p.m. local time, which is close to the all-time record of 18.99 feet recorded in 2020. Typically, water levels at this location range from 1.8 to 11 feet.
The Met Office states on its website that winters in the United Kingdom are expected to experience an increase in temperature and precipitation, with projections showing a potential rise of up to 4.5 degrees Celsius and 30% more rainfall within 50 years.
The office also states that there is a greater probability for extreme weather events. In the past two decades, the UK has experienced six of its top ten wettest years. Climate change has made winter storms in 2015 at least 40% more likely. This puts certain areas of the UK at risk for flooding, especially low-lying and coastal cities.