A call for us to all try and get flood management right. Yes, what a good idea:
More investment in flood defences and improved planning for future disasters are urgently needed, scientists have warned.
They predict that the number of extreme wet days – which have already increased this century – will continue to rise in the coming decades and will bring even greater devastation than that experienced this month after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis swept across the country.
“We are simply not prepared for the flooding coming our way in future,” said Prof Hannah Cloke, of Reading University. “We need to carry out a complete overhaul of our defences and be prepared to spend a lot more on them over a longer period of time.”
So, let’s do that then. And doing that would mean entirely reversing what we’ve been doing in recent decades.
For a start, don’t build on floodplains. You know, like John Prescott insisted that Thames Pathway must be built on the floodplain. Like government policy still more than allows, insists.
Then there’s the idea of draining the land. We’re currently told that we shouldn’t clear drainage ditches, dredge rivers, because this makes water run off quickly. Instead, we want it to sit around in fields and thus leave slowly.
Except that’s not the way it works. Rather, we want to drain the land in normal times – ditches and dredging and all. That means that the land is dry. So, when the rainstorms come then the land soaks it up – it’s a dry sponge. Instead of already being a wet sponge which canna take any more Captain.
To take an example from the US. This was Houston after floods:
But look! the freeway is a river of water!
Yep, as designed. We’ve gorra lorra water and we want to get rid of it. We’ve these vast, wide and long things called roads. Let’s channel the water along ’em to get rid of it.
Flood management, would be a good idea. It just means reversing all he things England has done for 40 years.