Your leading article (“Eye of the Storm”, 18 February) entirely ignores the incredible work undertaken by Environment Agency staff who have been working around the clock to protect over 85,000 properties from the severe weather and record breaking river levels we have seen this winter. This ’emergency response’ from our operational staff is vitally important in helping protect people and the environment.
We agree a long term view is needed to prepare for the climate of the future. That’s why last year we published a draft flood strategy which looks at the next 30 years. It is both the ‘instrument for change’ and strategic priority-setting you say we should be doing. Our approach includes building defences but also means avoiding inappropriate development in the floodplain, working with nature to slow the flow of water and ensuring our homes, businesses and infrastructure are designed and built to be more resilient.
Emma Howard Boyd
Chair, Environment Agency