Planning needed on floods

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DURHAM University researchers claim flood management needs long-term planning and cross-party political support to succeed.

Dr Nicholas Odoni, an Honorary Fellow and Research Associate in Durham’s Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, said the country needed to plan 20 to 30 years ahead with everyone working together, and the present flooding crisis affecting parts of the UK should not be viewed as a sudden or unforeseeable disaster.

He said: “The current flooding is a reminder that the areas where we live, including every component of the drainage and river network, are contributory elements subsumed within the wider ecological and physical workings of the landscape.

“This needs to be examined, analysed and understood in a holistic way, over a 20 to 30-year timescale, if we are to deal with flood risk and all the other different modern demands on land use in a manner which is affordable and sustainable in the long-term.”