MPs are to launch an inquiry into whether the current flood protection measures in place in England are adequate, following severe flooding this winter.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s inquiry will cover four key areas, including whether Government flood funding is being appropriately targeted:
The inquiry will also look at flood insurance ahead of the introduction of the new Flood Re scheme in April.
The committee will seek views on how accessible and affordable flood insurance will be for businesses and householders covered by the scheme.
As record rainfall in some areas, particularly in the north of England, have overwhelmed defences, flooding has cost an estimated £5 billion this winter, disrupting thousands of peoples’ lives and businesses, including thousands of farms.
EFRA chair Neil Parish said: "Flood damage of the sort suffered by communities across the UK this winter is becoming all-too-frequent an occurrence.
"I know from personal experience how flooding can damage not only buildings, land and infrastructure, but how it can also devastate lives.
"Questions need to be answered about whether there are adequate measures in place to plan for frequent, extreme flood events.
"We want to see how effectively the Environment Agency predicts and prepares for floods in a changing climate.
"We will also be asking how far Defra policies protect communities in high risk areas from future devastation."