In our role as engineers, it is imperative that we remain as an independent expert.
Reliance on subjective parameters set by government bodies is unsatisfactory.
In heffield and its surrounding catchment area, disaster has resulted from a common rain event of lowintensity, over a large area and sustained period.
This is not freak weather, nor is it attributable to global warming. This can be repeated anywhere in the country at any time.
The random nature of the weather only demonstrates how cautious we should be.
As engineers, we must account for 'worst credible events' to offer maximum protection to citizens, property and commerce.
If resulting solutions are deemed too costly then abandon development within the flood plain and concentrate resources elsewhere.
It is time that engineers raised their profile, utilised appropriate storm analysis to provide effective protection where necessary.
Our peers will not congratulate the engineer for the 50 or so occasions that a flood defence scheme has protected a community.
But they will never forget losing a home and all their worldly possessions in a single event.
David J. Yendall (M), 1 Gayle Moor Close, Ingleby Barwick, Stocktonon-Tees, TS17 0QL