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Flood defences: the long war on water

Digging in for a sustained effort to protect communities and businesses (this piece features in Prospect's upcoming policy report)

By Philip Dunne   May 2020

Fire and Rescue officers use an inflatable raft in Bewdley, Worcestershire. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge hit the UK with a vengeance, bringing flooding misery to many communities across the country. Our flood defences protected 127,000 homes across the UK, but were pushed beyond their limits in places. With flooding likely to become more commonplace due to climate change, we must consider solutions.

In my constituency in Shropshire, the River Severn reach its highest-ever level. Due to the previous round of flood defence spending,…

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