31 May 2012. The evening, put together by the Inter-Institutional Flooding Group, addressed whether any critical points were missed when the review findings were transferred to the Flood and Water Management Act, and issues around flooding in the UK. The Inter-Institutional Flooding Group gave flooding professionals the opportunity to pose questions to an expert panel line-up in a ‘Question Time’ style evening at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 31 May 2012.
The 2007 floods were devastating, causing millions of pounds worth of damage and the largest peacetime emergency the UK has faced since World War II. Five years in and following the wettest April on record it is imperative that lessons have been learnt and that key recommendations for change aimed at government, engineers, insurers, utilities companies and individual house holders have made a difference.
Delivering the opening address, the Duke of Gloucester called on first-hand experience; Gloucestershire bore the brunt of the flooding of 2007, and his personal connection to the area that led him to look to the professional bodies seeking solutions to flood risk and prevention.
The expert panel line-up featured:
• David Rooke, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency
• Dr Mat Barber, Assistant Director Infrastructure and Corporate Resilience, Cabinet Office
• Roy Harold MBE, (Chief Fire Officers Association Lead for Flood Rescue); Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
• Richard Ashley, Professor of Urban Water, Sheffield University
• Dr Richard Crowder, Director; Flood, Coastal and Environmental Management, Halcrow
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