Environment Agency has conducted the first ever
survey of flood defences in Somerset
and the rest of England following the winter storms.
The Agency say
that they survey all defences following any floods but this is the
first time they have reviewed the whole country.
It has taken
agency staff (with help from 200 members of the armed services)
six weeks to survey more than 150,000 sites.
Government, which announced the axing of 1,500 jobs (including flood-protection
posts) in December, says that they will spend an extra £270
million on fixing and maintaining flood defences over the next two
the effects of this winter’s weather Pete Fox, director of
strategy and investment at the Environment Agency said, “We
closed the Thames Barrier 50 times between December and the middle
of March. That is a quarter of all the times the barrier has been
closed since it came into operation in 1983. That gives you a sense
of how unprecedented the winter was.”