Professor wants more government resources to counter floods
by Richard Kilner
Professor David Crichton has urged government at both local and national levels to seriously plan ahead so that the infrastructure exists to counter future flooding.
This Thursday the professor will address a CIPFA-organised conference in London explaining that with global warming’s progression more adverse weather, such as heavy storms or floods as seen this summer, is highly likely and that building on flood plains is not something that should be considered.
He will argue for local authorities to allocate resources to protect communities against flooding, and warn that the current sewage and drainage systems are being overburdened and have become ineffective in dire situations due to ever increasing development without funding being spent on improving the existing drainage systems.
Professor Crichton wants common sense measures to be employed by society to help counter the damaging effects of climate change, but adds that major policies such as moving population centres from exposed, low-lying areas to safer, higher ground may also be necessary.