Are we seeing more floods, or are the media just reporting them more? How at risk is the UK from future floods? We’ve all seen in recent years the devastation that floods can cause, and it seems as though these events are getting more frequent, but are they really? Over the last ten years, northern England has been hit by a series of damaging floods, with the most recent occurring in March 2010. The topic of river floods is thus timely and of high socio-economic relevance. From York in 2000 to Carlisle in 2005, Morpeth in 2008 to Cockermouth in 2009, damage to property and people’s everyday lives has been severe.