Damage caused by the recent spate of floods could have been prevented, a group of 17 environmental and planning organisations have warned.
In an open letter published in the Daily Telegraph, the experts wrote: “While we are pleased to hear that the Prime Minister will provide leadership and funding, it is essential that government actions are based on best practice developed over many years,” they said.
“Water management techniques could have helped prevent the effect of flooding on villages, towns and over surrounding land seen recently.
“Emergency measures are in order for the immediate crisis. But in the long term, the management of water requires a clear strategy.”
They went on to urge Cameron to hold a conference to introduce measures to prevent a repeat of the current crisis.
According to the BBC, the measures suggested by them include:
- ·Use of forestry and land management to hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, as well as dredging for the lower reaches
- Fitting sustainable drainage systems on existing buildings and new buildings
- Buildings and land that cannot be properly protected should be made to withstand flooding
- All new housing on flood plains must be resilient when built
- More co-operation between experts, the water companies, internal drainage boards, local authorities, the Environment Agency, and Natural Resources Wales, as well as between them and landowners or residents