Local authorities must work together on flooding
Local authorities need to co-operate between departments and with other councils in order to combat the problems the country faces with flooding.
Speaking at the event, organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), Mr Sargent called for national standards to help authorities work together.
He said: "It's as much the issue of getting teams talking to one another.
"Many of them are very focused on what they do, but they don't often discuss what they do between departments."
Calling for more national co-operation he added: "Local authorities ... need to know who's got all the data and keep that up to date.
"There's quite a few issues about people collecting data that's not compatible - let's get some standards."
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