Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Make minor roads flood channels, says DEFRA

News

MINOR ROADS across the country could be deliberately flooded under a new strategy for managing flood and coastal erosion risk, a leading environment department official said last week.

Plans to use minor roads as flood channels could be included within an integrated drainage plan developed for urban areas, he said.

The Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) unveiled the proposals at its annual Flood & Coastal Management conference last week.

'In some cases these roads might be appropriate flood conduits and it would be part of the integrated drainage plan, ' said DEFRA strategy manager Alison Cambray.

A consultation document for the new strategy entitled Making Way for Rivers is being reviewed by a number of government departments.

After the review, the document will be released for a 12 week consultation. Publication is scheduled for the end of the month.

The new strategy, effective from early 2005, will update DEFRA's 1993 flood and coastal defence strategy, taking into account climate change. It will also reflect the move towards managing flood risk rather than simply building more defences.

The document also suggests that those protected by new flood defence schemes should contribute towards their construction cost.

The consultation document is expected to recommend that river corridors and shorelines should be realigned to create more space for water.

DEFRA also wants to see one body take charge of urban drainage. This could be the Environment Agency, local authorities or sewerage undertakers.

Various organisations are currently responsible for urban flooding and no organisation is responsible for groundwater flooding.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.