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Flood Management 'Unclear and Chaotic', Says Committee

Magazine article Public Finance

Flood Management 'Unclear and Chaotic', Says Committee

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The government and public agencies were unprepared for last year's floods because they ignored the threat of surface water flooding, which was largely responsible for the disaster, MPs have found.

In a report published on May 7, the Commons environment, food and rural affairs select committee said the government had focused almost exclusively' on the dangers of river and coastal flooding. Surface water flood risk management was in an 'unclear and chaotic state'.

'No organisation currently has responsibility for surface water flooding, at either the national or local level. This lack of responsibility must be addressed by government,' the report, Flooding, says.

The MPs also called for a reassessment of the funding for flood protection in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. …

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