Mary Dhonau, chairwoman of the Flood Protection Association, has said she is "absolutely appalled" at the news of job losses at the Environment Agency.
She told BBC Breakfast that the jobs were necessary, adding: "In this climate, and flooding is such a regular occurrence, it really is a no-brainer."
Yesterday, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said front-line flood defences would be protected after the agency's chief executive Paul Leinster said risk maintenance would be "impacted" and work on flood warnings would "have to be resized".
The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson says he has been "assured" by the chief executive of the Environment Agency he will have to "make efficiencies" but will do so "with the intention of protecting frontline services concerned with floods".
Officials working on flood risk management will be sacked as Environment Agency sheds about 15% of its workforce to save money, according to The Telegraph.
More than 1,500 jobs will be cut by October, leading to fears that the agency will not be able to cope with serious flooding next year. The agency’s chief executive told the newspaper that the downsizing will have an impact on its flood work.
Paul Leinster, the chief executive of the Environment Agency, said: “Flood risk maintenance will be [further] impacted. All of our work on mapping and modelling and new developments in things like flood warning will also have to be resized.
"And we’re looking at a proportionate reduction in the number of people in flood risk management.”