Britain still ill-prepared for floods
(11 May 2012)
Prof Lena Dominelli was quoted in The Independent about the lack of flood defences in parts of England that led to 1,000 people being evacuated from their homes.
In the wake of flooding in parts of England and landslides triggered by rain fall throughout the UK, Prof Lena Dominelli, Director of Vulnerabilities and Resilience at IHRR, says adequate measures still need to be in place for the UK to cope with flood hazards.
From The Independent:
"There are things which should have been dealt with more promptly to develop infrastructure and stop the damage caused by the worst of the flooding," said Professor Lena Dominelli of Durham University's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience.
Professor Dominelli also claimed that some measures were either incomplete or were being scaled back in less densely populated areas because of a lack of funds. She said: "One of the worries is that it can go down the road of community resilience; that would mean some flood defences being the responsibility of the 'Big Society' – hoping the local people and volunteers will do everything. They cannot. On one new housing estate I saw piping 12 inches in diameter being installed to carry water away. That is just not going to be able to cope."
Prof Lena Dominelli is one of the lead researchers on BIOPICCC (Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change) that is developing ways to prepare older people’s health and social care facilities for extreme weather events such as floods and heat waves.
- 'Failure to boost flood defences exposed as 1,000 are evacuated'. The Independent