FCO offers support to Australia from joint Met Office and Environment Agency Flood Forecasting Centre

Foreign Secretary William Hague today announced that Britain would provide assistance to the Australian Government in response to the recent flooding.

The British Government has offered to provide experts in flood recovery management and experts in advanced flood forecasting methods from the UK Flood Forecasting Centre.

“Australian authorities have performed brilliantly throughout this emergency, but we are happy to be able to share what practical support we can, including our experience of managing floods and their consequences. We are keen to do what we can both to deal with the effects of these dreadful events and to help with future planning,” Mr Hague said.

Advanced flood forecasting methods
The UK Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a partnership which combines expertise in meteorology  from the Met Office and hydrology from the Environment Agency, to forecast river, tidal and coastal flooding as well as extreme rainfall which may lead to surface water flooding. As a dedicated team in one national centre, the FFC provides the best possible intelligence and support to existing Environment Agency flood warnings and Met Office weather warning services for England and Wales. This enables country-wide flood alerts with a long lead time, and information which is sufficiently accurate and precise to be targeted to emergency responders.

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