Netherlands to advise UK about floods

Published: 7 February 2014

A delegation from the Dutch government agency Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Union of Water Boards and Deltares will be in the UK on Sunday, 9 February, to engage in exploratory discussions with the UK government. These discussions in response to an invitation from the British government will look at ways of deploying Dutch expertise to combat the floods in England.

The team of experts was appointed by Roeland Allewijn, the Rijkswaterstaat director of Flood Risk Management and Water Use. ‘We have extensive experience in the Netherlands with managing flood risks. We are happy to talk to our British colleagues about whether we can help, and how. The discussions will be about the background to the current problems and any possible solutions in the long and short terms’.

Once we have completed our initial talks, it will be up to the British government to decide about the shape any future collaboration will take.