Don't simply mop up afterwards

PUBLISHED: 10:06 15 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010

AFTER last year s catastrophic floods, the Government set up a review to identify the lessons that could be learnt. Of the report s 15 recommendations, 13 dealt with emergency responses and the other two are about monitoring water levels and risks. Not o

AFTER last year's catastrophic floods, the Government set up a review to identify the lessons that could be learnt.

Of the report's 15 recommendations, 13 dealt with emergency responses and the other two are about monitoring water levels and risks. Not one of the recommendations deals with steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of flooding!

Surely we should be trying to prevent floods, not just thinking about how to mop up afterwards?

This would save a lot of distress and would be more cost-effective.

To prevent flood risks accelerating we must preserve flood plains so that they can act as natural "sponges". We must minimise development in these sensitive areas.

The Green Party would prioritise these measures, not just improve emergency response to flooding. A problem prevented is a problem one never has to respond to!

JAMES YOUD

Cambridgeshire Green Party

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