Floods and the Aftermath

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You can’t help feeling sorry for all those poor unfortunates who’s properties are under water. Watching the daily news on Sky TV I see domestic premises and commercial properties that have been devastated over the last few weeks. There is water where it has never been before with devastating consequences.

I just hope that when it finally recedes the government and local authorities seek a sensible solution.

I already hear the cry get the dredgers out and start digging out water courses, many of which are natural and have been there for ever.

Some years ago I used to fish the Upper Welland above Stamford in the county of Lincolnshire. It was a river then, of outstanding natural beauty. It meandered through stunning country side with natural bends, shallows and gravel runs where specimen fish lived and thrived in great numbers. Water fowl and kingfishers were all there too, in abundance.

In winter the river did flood on a regular basis but often dropped quicker than it had risen.

Not satisified with this the local authority arrived on the scene and within weeks our lovely river had been transformed in to a straight ugly ditch.

The sides were steep and unforgiving. What had been natural habitat for all flora and fauna was now gone. The bends and gravel beds were  no more and so were the fish that once inhabited them.

A very clever friend once made the comment, ‘Nature has it’s own way of getting it’s own back.’

A few years ago there were several objections near here to a planning application to build a housing estate on what was a Shannon flood plain. Objectors were told that the land would be ‘built’ up to a height where water never reached. It was pointed out to them that if you raise levels you create a dam.

The houses were built and one year when the river flooded out so did all the properties.

In future I hope planners look at all factors before going ahead with any schemes to build.

In the meantime I also hope that in efforts to hold back water our animals and fish are not the first to suffer.

 

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