UK floods – what can be done?
Torrential rain has left whole towns inundated in some of the worst flooding in Britain for 50 years, and the Environment Agency is warning that water levels are expected to exceed those of the devastating floods of 1947. June was the wettest month since records began and the downpours continued in July. But experts say, despite the rain, the lack of proper planning when building new homes has played a major part in causing the floods and warn that the government’s ambitious housebuilding plans — 3 million new homes by 2020 — are likely to increase the risk of flooding even more.
The nation needs more and better housing – but what do you think should be done to minimise the risk of floods? And what is your local authority doing to help you safeguard your home against flooding?