A new report from the Institution of Civil Engineers highlights the need for spare capacity to be built into power, water and transport systems.
Chairman of ICE’s flooding group David Balmforth said: “Last summer’s floods showed us how vulnerable the UK’s infrastructure networks are, and little is being done to rectify the situation.
“If we want to prevent blackouts, water shortages and transportations failures we need to ensure we have enough spare capacity in the system to deal with disaster.”
The report also calls for the creation of a body with a statutory duty to implement a delivery of flood risk management.
ICE president David Orr and HRH The Duke of Gloucester launched the report in Gloucester, which was one of the areas most affected by the floods.