The flooded high street in Cockermouth in the Lake District, days after Storm Desmond on December 6, 2015 [Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images].

If it happens again, and people lose possessions again, and they have to pay out huge amounts to make things right again, then we should all agree that the Conservative Government has a financial incentive to keep causing this misery.

The answer to seasonal flooding is well known. It requires the investment of public money but the amount concerned is tiny in comparison to the large-scale flood defences some ‘experts’ would like to present to us, in dazzling colour no doubt.

And money is still available from an EU fund to help deal with damage caused by a flooding emergency. It always was. But David Cameron was too timid to claim it and Theresa May is such a wet fish that she’d be at home in a flood and wouldn’t know why everybody was making a fuss.

The way the Conservatives have handled flooding is nothing less than pathetic – and therefore no different to the way they have handled anything else.

Major flooding in the UK is now likely to happen every year but ministers still have no coherent long-term plan to deal with it, the government’s leading adviser on the impacts of climate change has warned.

Boxing Day in 2015 saw severe floods sweep Lancashire and Yorkshire, just weeks after Storm Desmond swamped Cumbria and parts of Scotland and Wales. The flooding, which caused billions of pounds of damage, led to the government publishing a review in September which anticipates 20-30% more extreme rainfall than before.

But Prof John Krebs, who leads the work on adapting to global warming for the government’s official advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), told the Guardian: “We are still a long way from where we need to be, in that there is still not a coherent long-term view.”

Source: Major flooding in UK now likely every year, warns lead climate adviser | Environment | The Guardian

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