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Cumbrian local authorities and community groups urged to attend national flood conference

cumbria_floods[F]ollowing severe flooding in Carlisle, across Cumbria and other regions of the UK, the Government’s Environment Agency has convened the second Flood and Coast conference and exhibition. The organisers are urging Cumbrian local authority flood defence personnel, civil engineers, flood action groups and key professionals involved in flood and coastal defence to attend what will be the largest gathering of thought leadership for flood defence and coastal erosion in the UK.

The event, taking place at the Telford International Centre, 28-30 March 2017 will host 2000 fellow professionals to exchange a broad range of perspectives on innovation and best practices in Flood and Coastal Risk Management.

Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director, Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency and Chair of the Advisory Committee, said “Local Authorities see the whole picture of what affects our communities from planning policy through to emergency response and community support, from management of developments through to their flood and coastal risk responsibilities. They provide the link between communities and the infrastructure and are often the first point of contact.”

Dinnis continued “local authorities are under increasing pressure and the Environment Agency want to support them in making those connections that help them to deliver their flood risk remit in a joined up way. We think that the conference and Exhibition will help local authorities to see how flood risk integrates with the breadth of their responsibilities and how playing an active part in the flood and coast risk community can support them.”

Val Johnston-Jones, Flood and Coast Project Director said “Our first Flood & Coast event in February 2016 was set up to tackle exactly the sort of flood disaster that happened in Cumbria such as the devastated households on Warwick Road, Carlisle and the horrific damage caused in Appleby, Kendal, Keswick and Glenridding.  Last year the conference featured 170 speakers, over 100 exhibition stands and attracted 1500 people over the three days. Flood & Coast 2017 will build on this success giving all those involved in managing flooding and coastal erosion the chance to swap ideas, listen, learn and plan for the future.”

The conference and exhibition aims to share the latest ideas and showcase up to the minute flood defence solutions and explain what the Environment Agency can offer to help prevent future flooding for local authorities and stakeholders.  There will be over 150 senior personnel on hand from the Environment Agency at the event.

There is a free to attend exhibition with free seminars aimed at Local Authorities and Community groups and also an in depth technical conference also aimed at local authorities at extremely competitive one day and three day rates.

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