The GOV.UK flood information service (FIS) is live and fully supported. It helps individuals and businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from flooding.
We’re refreshing and simplifying the service. Here’s our plan (often referred to as a roadmap) describing the things we’re working on and when we hope to have them ready for you to use. This could change.
You can contact us for more detail about these features, or to suggest something else you’d like the service to provide.
December 2018 to March 2019
- built and established an online prototype designed to gather in-use feedback and metrics from an invited group of users across the key winter period (contact us to take part in future research)
- begun to explore the value of rain gauge data within our service prototype
- added upstream and downstream river level data maps to our service prototype, enabling users to move between the measuring stations on a river and assess what influence levels might have on downstream locations
- refreshed designs for a new flood risk summary page, user dashboard and location search function, as well as completing content refinements for GOV.UK guidance pages
- started to use GOV.UK Notify to send flood warnings by text message and also letters to people who sign up to receive flood warnings
- started to simplify the sign up for flood warnings service in line with user feedback
April 2019 to July 2019
We will continue to research, develop and test new service features, including:
- meaningful local impact information, such as likely landmark or road flooding
- historic flood information
- upgrades to the targeted flood warning service - designed for large organisations such as the emergency services and utility companies
We will be conducting user research to improve the online registration process for the sign up for flood warnings service.
The service prototype will continue to be improved, based on user feedback. It will then progress into its beta development phase, but still with a managed user group.
(Contact us if you’d like to join the user group or take part in our user research.)
August 2019 to November 2019
In this period you’ll see an increase in:
- the update frequency of more river and sea level measuring stations
- the number of measuring stations that have a forecasting capability
We will continue to research and develop new ways to enrich the service by integrating more information, including:
- Met Office weather warnings
- rainfall forecasts
- GPS user locations
We’ll also be exploring ways to make it easier for people to report flooding.
The refreshed flood information service will continue through its beta development phase and become fully available to the public for the first time.
December 2019 to March 2020
We will provide online information about community flood groups and you’ll be able to personalise your alert preferences.
And there will be better social media integration with Facebook and Twitter.
Our service refresh will be completed.