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Floods: Warnings

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what review has been undertaken of the (a) channels of communication and (b) liaison on warnings between the Environment Agency and the Meteorological Office at times of flooding. (162032)

The Environment Agency’s review of the summer floods will include looking at communications and liaison on flood warnings and will inform the independent review being undertaken by Sir Michael Pitt.

Separately, the agency is leading a joint project with the Met Office to identify improvements in notification of major rainfall or other flood-causing severe events and in the procedures to be followed by both organisations.