More investment in flood defences and improved planning for future disasters are urgently needed, scientists have warned. They predict that the number of extreme wet days – which have already increased this century – will continue to rise in the coming decades and will bring even greater devastation than that experienced this month after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis swept across the country. Ciara brought rain and wind gusts of up to 97mph, triggering more than 190 flood alerts. More than 500 properties were flooded and about 25,000 homes left without power. A week later Storm Dennis followed, which in some areas caused more than a month’s rain to fall within 24 hours.
Observer 23rd Feb 2020 read more »
The only way to protect ourselves from storms and flooding is to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
iNews 21st Feb 2020 read more »
The Government’s foremost adviser on infrastructure has urged ministers to spend billions more on flood defences as deluges in the wake of Storm Dennis bring chaos to areas of the UK. Sir John Armitt, the chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, also warned that ministers needed to take a much more long-term approach to flood defence planning. Sir John – who spent years in the construction industry before leading Network Rail and chairing the Olympic Delivery Authority – is still awaiting a final government response to the commission’s national infrastructure assessment, published in July 2018.
Telegraph 22nd Feb 2020 read more »