This STEMNET resource introduces Rachel Gerrard who is a civil engineer working in flood risk management. Working for the Environment Agency in Cumbria, Rachel is involved in the development of new flood alleviation schemes within the area.
In addition, Rachel is part of a round-the-clock team that monitors, warns of and responds to potential flood risks.
Flooding has become a greater threat to people and property across the UK in recent years. With rainfall patterns changing and rain intensity increasing, flood protection measures play a vital part in the safeguarding of homes and lives. Rachel's innovative work ensures that, despite increased rainfall, Cumbria’s flood defences can cope.
Rachel is pictured in the River Eden in Cumbria.
Photograph by Richard Cannon and provided by STEMNET.
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