Friday, August 24, 2007

Flood report calls for tougher city defences

Reuters: Cities need to review their drainage systems in the wake of this summer's floods to cope with the possibility of more extreme weather due to climate change, a report said on Friday. Britain has suffered its worst flooding in 60 years this summer, killing at least nine people, delaying harvests and causing well over 2 billion pounds of damage to homes and businesses.

"Nationally, we suggest that for urban drainage the level of 1 in 30 years should be reviewed as a minimum, and that some additional capacity should be factored in for possible climate change," said a report into the June floods in Hull, northern England, commissioned by Hull City Council…

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