Silt causes flooding

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
8:54 AM

Why is it that those who “represent” us on the various councils throughout the region and indeed the country find it so difficult to address the real reason for flooding.

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It has absolutely nothing to do with global warming.

Take a stroll in front of the shops and look toward the yacht club at Instow. There you will see a classic example of a disused river silting.

This is typical of the majority of rivers and streams throughout our region. Consequently any influx of water has nowhere to go except up – and, as we have all witnessed, the result is devastating.

The ships and dredgers that kept our rivers and backwaters flowing have long gone. We cannot continue to ignore the obvious – the answer is not in building higher defence barriers where will it stop, it is simply a case of clearing our waterways.

Expensive, I agree, but not as expensive or heartbreaking as the course we are on at the moment. Remember the old adage: You can’t put a quart into a pint pot.

Derek Hardisty

Roundswell

Barnstaple

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