Multi-agency partners are collaborating across the southwest in preparation for the upcoming winter flooding season. The Environment Agency has procured a significant quantity of Geodesign Barriers, pioneering a new approach to flood control.
The main feature of these barriers is their temporary and adaptable nature. Unlike traditional demountable barriers that are fixed to specific infrastructure alongside river banks, Geodesign Barriers offer a more versatile solution. They can be rapidly deployed to any location, providing instant relief during unpredicted flooding events.
In preparation for the winter, the agency is conducting familiarization training with military troops. These troops, numbering around 1,200 soldiers from three distinct units based in the north, southwest, and southeast, will be on standby. The units are at a 24-hour notice, ready to assist in the event of a crisis.
In terms of resources, the agency's preparedness is commendable. "We've acquired 40 kilometers of Geodesign Barriers," said an agency spokesperson. Moreover, in addition to the military's 1,200 troops, they have their own workforce and contractors to assist in barrier installations and other necessary flood control measures.
Last year's collaboration with the military yielded positive results. The successful joint effort highlighted the need for more temporary barriers, leading to the recent procurement of the Geodesign Barriers.
These barriers, along with the agency's systematic approach to monitoring river levels and rainfall forecasts, represent a holistic strategy towards flood management. It underscores not only the agency's commitment to safeguarding the region but also the innovative solutions being adopted in the face of increasing environmental challenges.