We cannot overrate the value of early warning systems

It may have proven to be a false alarm, but the residents of eastern coastal areas of the UK should be very grateful that the local authorities took such a comprehensive and proactive approach to the very real threat of coastal flooding that faced these areas on Friday (13th Jan). Given the heavy rains and strong winds…

Flooding in the UK: we are finally looking at the whole water basin…

It’s nearly a year since severe flooding devastated parts of Cumbria first in December 2015 and then again in January (2016). Perhaps because as autumn deepens and winter sets in we are again reminded of flood risks, the environment agency is once again coming under criticism for its flood prevention strategy. There have been proposals…

Preparing for the storm

Hurricane Matthew may have been downgraded to a category 4 tropical storm but, with persistent winds of up to 150mph expected, Jamaica, Cuba and especially Haiti in the Caribbean are getting ready for potential disaster with both flooding and mudslides predicted in the wake of the storm.  Storm shelters are being erected, water and supplies are…