and they should be planning action to tackle the LONG TERM causes & consequences.
Given that the Somerset Levels flooded in 2012 and then again in 2013 and now in 2014 there seems to have been a distinct lack of planning for the enxt one.
The dredging and general maintenance of water ways and water management structures should ideally have been started years ago, areas that flooded year after year again find themselves flooding without any effort made with regard to flood management.
The slow response with regard to Somerset which is now well into its second month has been a disgrace but I have to ask who it was that has been telling the relevant government ministers that the problem was not serious and did not need intervention.
Within a day of floods hitting London 1,600 soldiers ready to support, five weeks after the Levels flooded 18 Marines were made available to help.
I am sure there are plenty of competent professionals with the required experience and software to map out the likely flood areas given the rising water and yet Village after Village seems to get no warning other than the water poring in and rising foot by foot in the space of hours.
What ever happens now the plans and procedures must be put into place to prevent this level of disaster, high levels of rainfall cannot be predicted, where the water will flood after such high levels however can be predicted and managed. I would hope that people learn from this.
But then they didn't learn from 2013 or 2012 or 2007 or 2003.