Published: 13th May 2019

Flooding in Carlisle. 2015. The Environment Agency has issued a stark warning that flooding may become so bad that some of the worst-hit towns may have to be abandoned for good. The warning came as Environment Agency chair Emma Howard Boyd launched its 50-year flood risk plan on Friday (May 10) at Brunel University London and said the UK has to get to grips with climate change soon or communities will face devastating consequences. The plan said property owners should rebuild flooded homes in safer spots and with improvements such as raised electrics and flood doors. However, in some places ‘the threat may be so significant that recovery will not always be the best solution’, and communities would need help to ‘move out of harm’s way.’ The plan says an average of £1bn will need to be invested each year in traditional flood and coastal defences … (To read the full article, subscribe below)