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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has collaborated with top industry professionals for an event to debate with delegates on the impact of flooding to the region’s infrastructure.

Panellists from Northumbrian Water, Durham University and Ainsty Risk Consulting will take part in the discussion, which is being chaired by Dr. Caspar Hewett of Newcastle University and the Great Debate.

The event, titled Flooding – who pays?, forms part of the Ice Breaking Dialogues series, which are organised by the ICE North East Regional Advisory Board. It will look into the effects of flooding to housing, businesses and people, as well as who is responsible for flood protection from an industry and insurance standpoint.

The event, which costs £3.00 to attend, will take place on Thursday 25th May from 5.45pm-7.30pm at the Mining Institute in Newcastle, and is open to the general public.

Penny Marshall, ICE Regional Director in the North East, added: “The Ice Breaking Dialogues series of events provide industry professionals and the wider community a forum to discuss key topics. We know too well of the devastating effects flooding can have on communities, given a number of high profile storms in recent years, as well as along coast lines and how sea defences are deployed to combat the devastation.

“It can be a grey area when flooding strikes, as to who is responsible for flood protection and sea defences, as well as who is liable in the case of an insurance claim. A lot of these questions will be answered and up for debate, with the added benefit of engaging with a number of experienced professionals from these industries.”

For more information about the event or to book your place, visit https://www.ice.org.uk/events/ice-breaking-dialogues-flooding-who-pays

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