Examination of witnesses (Questions 80
WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2000
80. Compared with three years ago, you think
that you have managed to get your act together?
(Dr Mance) Yes.
81. How has it affected your finances?
(Dr Mance) We have had a good response from the flood
defence committees in funding all the changes that we have put
in over the past three years. This event alone has probably cost
us £4 million in running the operational emergency response.
We are close to £12 million in emergency repairs that we
have to undertake now, so that towns that used to have defences
and no longer do, have them put back for the rest of the winter,
otherwise we could have a pyrrhic victory in that we have kept
towns dry this time but they become wet at Christmas or in January,
which would be rather sad. We are seeking extra funding, therefore,
for that straightaway.
82. How far will someone looking the flood maps
that will be on the Internet be able to tell whether they will
have a foot or less of water or enough so that your example of
the bungalows really would be disastrous?
(Dr Mance) The version going live in December does
not differentiate on depth. At this stage we have deliberately
not shown whether there is a defence in place. We wanted people
to ask questions and to find out. The first thing is to flag up
whether somewhere is a risk area and then they can take an interest
and seek further information. We have the information available
for the follow-through. We are trying to keep the map interface
simple at this stage.
83. Someone who wants to inquire will be able
to find out the likelihood of a flood being a foot or more in
(Dr Mance) Yes.
Chairman: That is extremely helpful, Dr Mance.
We are very grateful to you and your colleagues. Thank you very
much for coming.