We are all doomed, well some of us are, Flood protection 'needs doubling': One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, says the Environment Agency, and climate change will raise that number without better protection.
The agency calculates that funding for projects that protect communities from flooding from rivers and the sea needs to double to £1bn annually by 2035.
Without that, it says, economic damage worth £4bn per year could be the norm.
"The latest UK climate change data shows that the risk of flooding and coastal erosion will continue to increase in future due to rising sea levels and more frequent and heavy storms," said agency chairman Chris Smith.
"There are important decisions for us all to take about how to manage these risks to protect people, communities, businesses and the economy in future."
The properties that are most at risk are:
Boston District - 23,700
North Somerset - 20,415
East Lindsey District - 14,949
Windsor and Maidenhead - 11,477
City of Kingston upon Hull - 9,825
Shepway District - 9,065
Sedgemoor District - 8,092
East Riding of Yorkshire - 7,513
Runnymede District - 7,007
Warrington - 6,533
Vital infrastructure is also increasingly at risk, it says, with about one-sixth of the country's electricity infrastructure situated in flood plains.
Just a question: who allowed all these properties to be built on flood plains?
Oh yes it was the planners who wanted the extra council tax, along with the builders who wanted to make money, shouldn’t they be responsible for the cost of repairs or flood prevention?
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