How well prepared is the capital for managing flood risk?

Posted: Thursday 5th August 2010

Climate change will bring increased risks of flooding in London – but how well prepared is the capital to deal with it?

The London Assembly’s Environment Committee has launched a new investigation to find out.

The Committee will focus its review on the flooding risks that most often affect the largest number of Londoners - surface water and river flooding – mapping the risks and assessing challenge.

No agency has overall responsibility for flood risk, so the investigation will review how all the relevant bodies – Environment Agency, local authorities and the GLA - are working together. The Committee will also look at the Mayor’s role.

Darren Johnson AM, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee said:

“As more and more homes are built on floodplains and gardens are paved over, the risk of flooding increases.
“We recognise that it is not possible to construct flood defences to prevent all flooding, but we have to prepare and mitigate as best we can. We want to be assured that all the relevant organisations are working together to manage flooding risk in London as effectively as possible.”

The Committee will gather information from a range of experts and organisations over the summer and plans to hold a public meeting at City Hall in September. Its report on rain and river flood risk management is due to be published at the end of the year.

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