EA chief: existing approach to flood defence ‘may not be enough’

Flood defence measures that work now may not work in future and we must develop a new approach for the 21st century, Environment Agency chief executive James Bevan told a conference

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James Bevan says a new approach is needed to protect the UK from future flooding

A new approach to flood defence is needed to protect England, according to Environment Agency chief executive James Bevan.

Speaking at a flood and coastal erosion conference in Telford, the EA chief said rising sea levels and burgeoning populations in built-up areas will lead to increased flood risk and that current approaches “may not be enough”.

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