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Emergency response in floods

Emergency response in floods 19 May 2020

Future floods will delay emergency response (via BBC News)

By Matt McGrath

Future increases in rainfall in England could significantly impact emergency responses, according to a new study.

Researchers say that flood conditions could see just 9% of some rural populations reached by an ambulance within the 7–15 minute mandatory timeframe.

Older people living in rural areas would be worst affected, the authors say.

They say there should be a rethink on ambulance locations in flooding events.

Flooding is one of the most devastating impacts of climate change. According to studies, it is likely to increase in the future.

The Met Office has indicated that an extended period of extreme rainfall in winter, similar to what was seen in parts of England between 2013 and 2014 is now about seven times more likely because of human–induced climate change.

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