Flooding one year on – are we better prepared now?

As Kent approaches the anniversary of the devastating floods of Christmas 2013, CPRE Kent is asking will we fare better this winter?

We are planning a major conference to look at the lessons learned from the December 2013 floods which left hundreds of people evacuated from their homes and thousands without power.

Flooding: Fears, Facts and the Future, organised in partnership with Kent County Council, will be held at County Hall, Maidstone on 6th February 2015.

Photo - BBC South East

Photo – BBC South East

“We feel it is vital to look at what has happened since those disastrous floods and what prevention work is planned and then to assess whether this will be enough to prevent the terrible damage to homes and land in the future,” said CPRE Kent Vice President Richard Knox-Johnston.

The conference will hear from MPs, council leaders and the Environment Agency. Senior Analyst for the Climate Change Council David Thompson will address the conference on the effects of climate change on future weather patterns and whether the expected increase in flood risk is being addressed. The conference will also feature details of an innovative scheme looking at how we can build on flood risk areas, including the idea of creating a lake alongside the River Medway in Yalding and floating houses on it.

“It will be informative and forward-looking,” said Mr Knox-Johnston. “We will hear from the experts and look in detail at the lessons learned and the funding and preparations for flood defence work in our county.”

You can book a place at the conference by following this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/flooding-fears-facts-and-the-future-tickets-14956018855

Or telephone 01233 714540.

18th December 2014.

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