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Improving public trust in flood management

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Better communication is needed between industry and the public over the effectiveness of natural flood management, according to the Environment Agency.

Speaking at the New Civil Engineer Flood Management Forum, the Environment Agency’s allocation and asset management director Ken Allison stressed the need to build public trust in natural flood management while controlling expectations.

“At the end of the day, we do not prevent flooding,” he said.

“We need to get better at explaining to the public what the limitations are.”

Allison also discussed using a mix of hard engineering intervention and natural flood management in the future, saying that he hopes the industry will have “innovated big time” in 20 years.

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