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Communities need better resources to combat flooding, say ICE experts

The ICE’s calls for communities to get more support in order to build resilience against flooding made the headlines over the last month, amid widespread flooding across the nation.

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Flooding: Experts drawn from across the ICE gave expert analysis

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5Live and the BBC TV News Channel, ICE vice president and flooding expert David Balmforth acknowledged that funding was not available for traditional flood defences to be built in every community, but stressed the need to find other solutions to enable communities to become more flood resilient.

These included understanding which communities face a high risk of flooding, and communicating this effectively, and also building the physical resilience of communities by making property and infrastructure more resistant - in the same way that buildings have been made more energy efficient.

He said temporary flood protection measures such as flood doors, gates and vent seals, despite being readily available and affordable are not widely adopted, and called for a shift away from the use of building materials that are often easily damaged by water meaning flooded buildings take a long time to dry out and are difficult and expensive to restore.

ICE regional directors and members also undertook interviews to raise ICE’s concerns on many regional stations including BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Newcastle.

ICE Wales regional director Keith Jones was quoted in an article in the Sunday Telegraph about building homes on flood plains, following the severe flooding in Ruthin, North Wales.

The media coverage continued following ICE’s response to the government’s announcement that an additional £120M would be made available to combat flooding.

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