A voluntary society dedicated to pursuing all avenues of preventing avoidable flooding
There are some commonly held views on how and why flooding occurs and how it can be prevented, often advocated by the EA and Natural England. You can read our answers to them here.
If you are a journalist looking for the unbiased factual information on the crucial cause of inland flooding, and why towns are being flooded that are 360 ft above sea level, yet Holland is safer with over 60% of the country being below sea level take a look at our report here.
About The Flood Prevention Society
‘The Flood Prevention Society’ is a voluntary society set up after the devastating floods of 2000 in our region to pursue all avenues with the objective of preventing avoidable flooding.
Our members consist mainly, but not only, of people who have the wisdom of ‘hands on’ experience of the devastation of preventable inland flooding, have years of practical and observed knowledge of the prevention of flooding by good river maintenance, and the crucial cause of flooding being neglected main river maintenance. Our ‘Local Flood Defence Committee’ (LFDC) which was funded by the Council tax payers of the County Council’s of Shropshire, Gwynedd, Cheshire, Conwy, Wirral, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, with all its local knowledge, was, with approximately 240 ‘LFDCs’ over England and Wales, closed down in 2005 and replaced by remote Central Office Control through 8 Regional Units, under National Environment Agency (EA) policy and funding.
We attended the quarterly meetings of the LFDC for four years until they were disbanded, giving constructive observations on cost effective inland flood prevention.
We were dismayed to note that the Environment Agency, who have been in control since rivers were put under their management by Government in 1995, have a National flawed policy of not dredging rivers so as to “encourage” habitat even at the cost of causing increased suffering to people’s health, safety and stress while their homes were being flooded. This policy was highlighted by our Regional EA manager’s seven page report given to our LFDC (that was set up to get rainwater safely to the sea) in September 2004. At that time people’s houses were increasingly getting flooded in its catchment area. Astoundingly the report did not mention river maintenance, but the EA manager said how pleased he was, and emphasized he had encouraging news, that there were more “Glutinous snails” and “water voles” in our catchment area.