UK Floods Persist, Cameron Blames Climate Change
The River Thames continues to rise in response to recent heavy rainfall, and communities in the south of England should be prepared for further flooding this week from groundwater and rivers, warns the UK Environment Agency.
Following a week of torrential rains, strong winds, storm surges and high tides that have left seven dead and hundreds of homes inundated, further flooding is expected along the River Thames.
The Environment Agency warns that water levels will continue to rise, even though The Met Office is forecasting light showers and drier weather into the weekend.
The risk of flooding continues this week, with communities in the southwest and southeast urged to stay safe and sign up to free flood warnings,” said Mustow. “When flood warnings are issued it means that flooding is expected and we urge people to take immediate action to prepare.”
“What’s more, the Environment Agency says investments in flood defences must increase to keep pace with climate change – yet the [Conservative/Liberal Democrat] Coalition [Government] has overseen a real-terms cut in spending on them,” Shrubsole said.
Pointing out that every pound the government invests in flood protection saves eight times that much in damages, Shrubsole said, “Cutting flood defence spending is a false economy and David Cameron now needs to intervene.”
Surprising many members of his own Conservative Party, Prime Minister Cameron Wednesday told Parliament he now believes climate change is responsible for the extreme rainfall and flooding afflicting the UK.
Cameron said, “Colleagues across the house can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is. The point is that whatever one’s view it makes sense to invest in flood defences … it makes sense to get information out better, and we should do all of those things.”