Threatened dam holds as infrastructure boss calls for national flood risk standard

The chair of the national infrastructure commission Sir John Armitt has repeated calls for a national flood risk standard in the wake of the evacuation of Whaley Bridge.

Whaley Bridge residents are spending a fifth day out of their homes because of the partial collapse of a dam wall. The dam held over the weekend thanks to lighter than expected rainfall.

Speaking on the BBC's World at One, Armitt said: “All the indications are that we have climate change and more and more extreme weather events to deal with as a consequence.”

Armitt said he had "recommended to government that we try and adopt a national standard of risk which is a higher level of risk, which we have to accept and be able to cope with in the future and we have to have a national standard across the country which will enable us to raise our ability to be resilient to this increased risk of flood with extreme weather and heavier rainfall."

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