In recent years the United Kingdom has endured flooding and extreme weather events of notable magnitude. The floods of 2015 caused direct costs of an estimated £ 2 Billion and created untold misery for numerous businesses, livelihoods and communities. The Government’s National Flood Resilience Review, published in September 2016, acknowledged that further flooding and extreme weather events are likely to occur in the foreseeable future. The Environment Agency identifies that some 5.5 million properties in England and Wales, which equates to broadly one in six properties, are at risk of flooding.
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