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These are the worst floods in living memory—and the government’s “natural” solutions aren’t enough

Natural measures have their place. But throw a month’s worth of rain on a saturated catchment in one weekend and no nature-based solution is going to hold back the water

By Robert Wilby and Simon Dadson  

A man wades down a high street. Photo: Pikrepo

As large swathes of the UK endure the worst floods in living memory, hearts and minds are rightly focused on protecting people and property. At one point the government’s Environment Agency had issued a record 594 flood warnings or alerts—its map of the country was a sea of orange and red symbols:

Once the floods recede, there will doubtless be a period of reflection on what could have been done better. It may be tempting to point the finger of…

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