German flood protection law proposed
The German government has proposed measures aimed at preventing a recurrence of last year's disastrous flooding of the Elbe river. The draft law will require the nation's 16 states to identify by 2008 areas particularly susceptible to flooding. Housing development and even farming would be prohibited in these zones. It will also forbid the use of heating oil and of certain electrical equipment in basements in the areas. The law is likely to sail through parliament following an agreement between the government and states on flood protection last year (EED 09/09/02). See press release.