What’s to be done about Britain’s floods?

Floods seem to have become a seasonal event in this country. Have they in fact become more common? Why? And what can we do about it? Simon Wilson reports.

Is Britain becoming more prone to floods?

Probably. Over the past 15 years or so, major flooding has become more or less an annual event. In 2007, we saw the worst floods since 1947, and many parts of southern Britain have just had their wettest January on record, hard on the heels of the massive storm surges seen over the Christmas period.

According to government figures, 5.2 million [...]

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