Submission to the EFRA Committee inquiry into the winter floods of 2015/16

Lord Krebs, Chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC), has written to Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee to provide written evidence to EFRA’s Winter floods 2015/16 inquiry.

The letter:

  • Welcomes the inquiry.
  • Recalls that record rainfall totals in December were unprecedented in the instrumental record but severe flooding somewhere in England in any given year is almost to be expected.
  • Points out that, as a result of climate change, heavy rain and high river flows especially in winter will become increasingly likely.
  • States that investment in flood defence structures will alleviate some risk for some communities, but by no means all.

The letter is accompanied by a written submission to the inquiry.