Flood Alleviation

Let’s Work with Farmers to Manage Upstream Flood Storage Schemes

11 Jan 2016

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

Upstream flood storage area holding excess water to prevent downstream flooding.

More use of upstream storage as a solution to flash river flooding is being considered by senior Government spokespeople, as the review time begins following another period of flooding misery. In the first week of the New Year, UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss and Neil Parish, Chair of the EFRA committee, both seemed to suggest […]

Is this the End of the Beginning for Surface Water Management?

21 Jul 2015

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

Surface Water Swale

We are at a turning point for surface water management in the UK. If you will forgive me for misquoting Churchill: this is not the end, or even the beginning of the end for SuDS.  It simply has to be the end of the beginning if we are to secure long-term flood resilience and surface […]

Flood Defences: Getting our Priorities Right

2 Dec 2014

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

When the cuts start to bite, what’s the best way to spend limited flood defence funding? It’s a debate that’s crystallising priorities amongst policymakers, politicians and affected communities. Not always for the better – and just as the prospect of another wet winter is looming. On December 2, the Government published details of how£2.3billion of […]

Somerset Levels – A Future Focus for Flood Alleviation Technology?

7 Feb 2014

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

Photo of flooding on Somerset levels (c) Bill Stilling

The suffering and frustration of the residents in the Somerset levels has rightly become a focus of media attention with the wettest January in 250 years testing a community used to flooding almost beyond its limits. In the meantime, with the recent visit of Prince Charles and of Lord Smith today (7 February), the area […]

Floods Crisis: Government Indecision and Delay “Must Stop Now”

27 Nov 2012

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

As Britain is gripped by a floods crisis, Government indecision and inertia is seriously delaying vital work to protect thousands of homes and properties in the UK. Devastating flooding could cause £millions of damage in scenes reminiscent of the 2007 floods which prompted a groundbreaking Government review by Sir Michael Pitt.  Yet how much real […]

It never rains….?

27 Apr 2012

Written By: Phil Collins European Sales Director, Hydro International

As drought was followed by deluge, recent weather patterns underlined the urgency of finding sustainable means of controlling surface water flows has not diminished.Flooding exacerbated by a ground hardened through drought prevented surface water infiltrating through the soil. Climate change is leading both to longer, dryer periods and to more intense storm events, which meteorologists […]

Raising a Glass to Visionary Flood Prevention

18 Nov 2011

Written By: Alex Stephenson Market Development Director, Hydro International.

Official celebrations to mark the success of two pioneering flood prevention schemes have highlighted their pioneering approaches to flood storage and deserve hearty congratulations. Glasgow City Council’s hugely impressive White Cart Flood Prevention project celebrated its official inauguration to much-deserved engineering plaudits on October 31 while Wigan’s visionary Flood Alleviation project was marked with celebrations […]