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Flood Action: Environment Agency Publish New Strategy

15/05/2019 Flood Resilience, United Kingdom environment agency man reporting in

This week, the Environment Agency – the government department with responsibility for preparing infrastructure for climate change – published a strategy that looked at what actions would need to be taken to combat flooding in the event of a 4°C average rise in temperature. Let’s take a closer look at the Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England. The major announcements in the strategy stated that:

  • All Infrastructure needs to be made resilient to flooding by 2050.
  • £1 billion per year will have to be spent on flood and coastal defences.
  • Communities will be helped to respond to flood risk with a range of tools.

At the Strategy’s official launch, Chair of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd said:

“The coastline has never stayed in the same place and there have always been floods, but climate change is increasing and accelerating these threats. We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences. We need to develop consistent standards for flood and coastal resilience in England that help communities better understand their risk and give them more control about how to adapt and respond.”

Two thirds of properties in England are either at direct risk of flooding or could be affected indirectly by loss of services such as power, transport and telecommunications due to flooded infrastructure.

The Strategy contains recommendations, including:

  • Between now and 2030, all new developments must include flood resilience measures. Laws are already in place to ensure this but, as we reported in 2017, they are not being enforced.
  • Flooding and coastal change projects should support local economic regeneration, unlocking potential for new housing and business.
  • All new developments should also contribute to an environmental net gain.
  • Government, the Environment Agency and risk management authorities need to be agile to the latest climate science, growth projections, investment opportunities and other changes to our local environment.
  • Communities in drastically affected areas need to be prepared to move out of harm’s way. This formed the headline of the Guardian’s article on the Strategy launch

Property Level Protection

Protection from flooding involves a mix of solutions. In some places, large engineered flood walls and defences may be the most appropriate way to protect a community. In others, it may be more appropriate to defend individual properties. The two approaches aren’t mutually exclusive – see our recent work in the Vale of Glamorgan.

If you would like to arrange a FREE survey of the flood resilience of your property, please get in touch. We will send an engineer to assess where our barriers could be of use to you. Call our UK office on +44 (0) 1603 879977 or email info@floodark.com.

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