Flood risk in England: recent learning and future challenges

ICE Singapore had the pleasure of hosting Craig Woolhouse, Chair of the Expert Water Panel at the UK Institution of Civil Engineers. He delivered his presentation 'Flood risk in England: recent learning and future challenges.'

Craig Woolhouse with ICE Representative Kok Hui Heng
Craig Woolhouse with ICE Representative Kok Hui Heng
Craig has over 30 years of experience in flood risk and water resources management in the UK.

He has led operational and policy teams for England’s Environment Agency and is currently their Deputy Director for Flood Modelling & Forecasting.

He led the Environment Agency’s internal review into the devastating floods of summer 2007 when over 55,000 properties were affected and has since focused on improving the forecasting, warning and response capabilities to reduce the risk to life and livelihoods.

A civil engineer by training, Craig is currently Chair of the Expert Water Panel at the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.

With a six-year £2.3bn programme of capital investment and substantially improved flood incident response capabilities, the Environment Agency and its partners are in a good position to limit the consequences of flood risk in England.

However, climate change and land use development are driving increases in the risk we face. 

Craig's  talk reflected on learning from the recent major floods of 2007, 2013/14 and 2015 and considered the emerging strategy for flood risk management in the next 25 years.

 
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