August 28, 2007

(DrainageNews) Flood report blames drainage system - ic SouthLondon.co.uk

A independent report on why Hull was so badly affected by flooding in June said the drainage system was totally overwhelmed. The interim report, which was commissioned by the city council, said flood protection systems and drainage plans based on a one-in-30 year rainfall event such as this, may not be sufficient for low-lying cities like Hull. It highlighted problems caused by different agencies - including the Environment Agency, council and water companies - responsible for different areas of the drainage, which are likely to replicated across the UK. And it urged the Environment Agency to look at expanding its flood warning system from just river-based flooding to other kinds of potential deluge. Thursday's interim report follows the floods in the city at the end of June, which saw more than 7,000 homes flood, 1,300 businesses affected and one man lose his life. But the authors said they had "significant concerns" whether the city's pumping system, which was only re-evaluated in 2000, was correctly designed to cover a one-in-30 year storm event. read me

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