Press release
Owen Paterson’s flood action plan for Somerset is too simplistic

Responding to Defra’s announcement today (Thursday 6 March) of an action plan to protect Somerset from flooding, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole, said:

“It seems the recent floods haven’t woken up Owen Paterson to the fact that climate change is seriously messing with our weather.

“After the wettest winter ever recorded and a decade of worsening floods, the whole country is crying out for a proper long-term plan that’s tough on flooding and tough on the causes of flooding.

“Today’s announcement parrots simplistic demands to ‘dredge, baby dredge’, which experts say would have made little difference to the situation on the Somerset Levels.

“The real solutions to flooding are more complex – from halting the mismanagement of upland areas and stopping building on flood plains to cutting our dependency on fossil fuels.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

The Written Ministerial Statement from Environment Secretary Owen Paterson can be viewed here.

Friends of the Earth’s flood map showing how many homes are currently at flood risk and where there's been flooding in the past can be seen here. 

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