When we were kids, summers were always hot and dry and it always snowed at Christmas. Right?Probably not, but that’s how I remember it. I certainly don’t remember hearing about vast tracts of land being submerged under floodwater. But now it seems to happen every year, and last winter saw some of the worst floods in living memory.
So what can we do about it?
At the time, many people insisted that it was Environment Agency neglect that was to blame as silted-up dykes overflowed across the Somerset Levels. Now we’re told it’s more complicated than that.
As the UK braces itself for another winter, with the prospect of more storms, more rain and more flooding in store, we look at some possible solutions. We can’t stop it raining – but maybe we can make buildings that can resist – or even rise above – the deluge.
Of course it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and one sector of the industry that was in great demand during last winter’s floods was plant hire. In fact, plant hirers have had quite a good year, all told, as our colleagues at Company Watch reveal in this issue. Profits are up and many businesses have ambitious plans for growth. Let’s hope there’s plenty more than just flood alleviation driving that trend.
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