Exercise Watermark to test the UK’s flood response capability

The largest flood defence exercise ever held in the UK took part at the start of March. Exercise Watermark involved thousands of people from the emergency services, councils and utility firms. A series of scenarios across England and Wales test the authorities’ ability to co-ordinate.

Exercise Watermark cost £1.8m and involved around 10,000 people, 10 government departments, emergency services, utility companies, and communities. It comes on the back of heavy criticism received in the official review by Sir Michael Pitt on the 2007 floods which devastated parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands, and the West Country. Read more on the Exercise Watermark website…