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UCL in the News: Preparing for the deluge to come

23 July 2007

The Westminster government's housing green paper - to be published later today - is expected to warn that it is "unrealistic" to prevent building on flood plains.

Professor Bill McGuire, Director of Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, said: "While it still holds true that we can never attribute a particular weather event to climate change, the current devastating floods form part of an expected trend that will see the country facing more frequent and bigger floods in coming decades.

"We need to be aware that anywhere on a flood plain could flood at any time, and take remedial action now. Any plans to build properties on flood plains, given climate change predictions and recent events, would be irresponsible in the extreme." …

David Leask, 'The Herald' (Scotland)