Severe flood warnings for much of the UK brings flood defences into question

The Environment Agency is warning that the high tides are probably going to usher in even more floods even though there has been a small lull in the stormy weather that has been plaguing England. On Sunday however the storms are expected to get worse again. According to the Environment Agency, there are four severe flood warnings issued along the Kent Lower Stour at Ilford and the river Severn. In addition, there are 97 additional flood warnings issued throughout the country and another 244 flood alerts. The severe flooding and storms have been wrecking havoc all over the UK.

In Wales for instance almost every area was touched by flooding at some point during the last 18 months and some residents are speaking out now stating that flooding needs to be one of the top environmental issues of the year. Conservative AM for Clywd West, Darren Miller, stated that flooding needs to be a priority over the coming year because there needs to be more resourcing for local authorities to help prevent floods. He stated that there is more than can be done but at the moment the planning system is failing many communities and homes are being built right over high flood risk areas leading to even more problems.

Other top headlines included wind farm protests and anti-fracking protests as many developments were proposed and many people spoke out against them. In particular development proposals in the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf were mentioned. While fracking has not yet occurred in Wales, the UK Government has issued a few licenses and exploration wells have been drilled so fracking is expected to begin soon. A spokesman for the NRW stated that creating an enviromental body to take a look at these issues is the first step and then the next step is helping to protect people from flooding and other environmental issues.