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Agency of change


The headline Engineer shortages delay urgent flood work (NCE 15 November) and the associated caption 'Another winter of flood chaos awaits unless resources are found', do not reflect reality.

The Agency may lack skills in modelling but in flood defence there is a wealth of expertise, mainly that of consultants.

Last year, the Agency put all capital projects out to four framework consultants.

This left many engineers with specific local knowledge and expertise working on projects for other clients at home or overseas and came as government made more money available.

Flooding is now being experienced on a scale not seen for many years. There must always be succession planning, but let us ensure that we make full use of the resources available to us today and not sit back and wring our hands as flood waters rise.

John Ash (M), technical director, Risk & Policy Analysts john@rpaltd. demon. co. uk

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