Flooding is full of surprises - yet it shouldn't be
A flood is a natural event but all too often we are unprepared for when they happen in this country
I was out doing fieldwork recently, preparing flood-risk maps. My new assistant got two surprises.
First she found it hard to understand why I looked so pleased about a playing field that was flooded half way up the goal mouth. I explained to her that she was looking at success.
A well-planned town puts land-uses such as sports, parks and parking into places that flood - while keeping homes and buildings on the higher, drier ground.