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Be Prepared! Plan for Flood Resilience Now

The UK is not very pro-active in terms of flood resilience. Historically, towns have developed at riversides, benefitting from the access to water supply and to the generally flat land for building, or at the coastline benefitting from transport links and trade opportunities.

Events such as 1947, 1953 and 2007, not to mention the winter flooding along the Thames in 2014, show that we have managed to build an awful lot of our economic infrastructure as well as our housing in areas at risk from flooding, but much of this is already “locked in” to the system, and until recently there was pretty much unfettered development in such areas. Read the report by Mark Woolgar, managing director of the Environmental & Water Management team at Atkins, here.

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