Flood Alleviation Design: The Importance of Social Perspective

Over 5 million properties are at risk from flooding in England– not just from rivers, but also from coastal waters, groundwater and failing reservoirs. The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment indicates the UK’s vulnerability to extreme weather events. It predicts wetter winters and more heavy precipitation events, increasing the risk of flooding to many areas. In response, the UK Government announced £294 million of funding for flood risk management in 2013/20143. Therefore significant spending on flood alleviation infrastructure will take place.

In this article we argue that investment of this kind should attach much greater importance to the
social perspective within scheme design. Social impacts need to be properly factored in alongside the technical considerations that most often dominate.

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