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UK Committee: Farmland should be used to store flood water

Staff Writer |
MPs on a government committee are calling for an overhaul of flood management in England.

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They want to see a change in the role played by the Environment Agency and for farmland to be used to take floodwaters to tackle the rising risk to towns and villages from the effects of anthropogenic climate change.

Ministers on the EFRA Committee published their report on flood preventio, after widespread flooding caused destruction across Northern England at the beginning of the year.

Commenting on the report’s release, Tiverton MP Neil Parish, chair of the EFRA Committee which oversees the work of the environment department said, "Some five million people in England are at risk of flooding. Winter 2015-16 broke rainfall records. Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank disrupted communities across northern parts of the UK, with Desmond alone costing the UK more than £5 billion.

"We propose a radical alternative to the Government's National Flood Resilience Review's limited solutions to the current fragmented, inefficient and ineffective flood risk management arrangements.

“Our proposals will deliver a far more holistic approach to flooding and water supply management, looking at catchments as a whole.

"Flood management must include much wider use of natural measures such as leaky dams, tree planting and improved soil management. And some areas of farmland should be used to store flood water.”

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