Flood damage 'could have been prevented'

Using correct water management techniques could have prevented some of the damage from the recent floods, a group of experts has said in an open letter to the prime minister.

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Flood damage 'could have been prevented'

Using correct water management techniques could have prevented some of the damage from the recent floods, a group of experts has said in an open letter to the prime minister.

John Matthews and Sally De'Ath walk make their way through floodwater in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey. Credit: PA

The experts - representing 15 organisations including the Institution of Environmental Sciences and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management - wrote in The Telegraph:

"Water management techniques could have helped prevent the effect of flooding on villages, towns and over surrounding land seen recently. Emergency measures are in order for the immediate crisis."

Urging David Cameron to adopt new measures on flood prevention they added: "But in the long term, the management of water requires a clear strategy."

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