Published: 28th Feb 2020

Hannah Cloke, professor of hydrology at the University of Reading discusses why communities need to take back control to manage flooding.  February 2020 has brought more than its fair share of bad weather to the north of England, the Midlands and Wales. Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Telford swam in the Severn, while the Ouse invaded York. For some, the adage that it’s grim up north rang true. The recent flooding is a reminder that all parts of the UK are vulnerable to natural hazards, and the costs aren’t just economic. Flood water can enter a building in minutes, but the impact on communities can last years. Flooded homes and businesses take months to clean up and dry out, and the long-term impact on the health and relationships of those affected is often overlooked. Climate change has made some types of floods more likely, but past government policy has ensured that the ensuing crises are worse than … (To read the full article, subscribe below)