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Make secret flood maps public, says Foulkes

The ICE has called for inundation maps to be made public, a week after flood experts condemned the Ministry of Defence for its opposition to the publication of maps showing where water would flow if dams across the UK were to burst (News last week).
"ICE takes the view that reservoir safety is a matter of concern to the public. In principle, therefore, we agree with Sir Michael Pitt that as much information as is compatible with security, including flood plans, should be made publicly available," said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.
"The issue of whether inundation m aps should be produced and released to the general public living in at-risk areas is something ICE has been considering. We have been looking at it specifically in the context of the recommendations we submitted to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding changes to be made to the legislation governing reservoir safety in the UK," he said.
Foulkes’ comments chime with the findings of the ICE report Flooding: Engineering Resilience, released in June (News last week).
In that document, the ICE argued that the infrastructure network in the UK is still far too vulnerable to flooding events and called for duplication of key utility sites to reduce the risk posed to critical infrastructure by floods.

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