- Aug 8, 2001
Tadcaster football ground and club got flooded out
Isn’t the point that the PM did visits , both matlock and Yorkshire ... in the run up to an election.
now with far More people and properties affected, he is absent.
speaks volumes really.
Charles was in South Wales toda.
I doubt very much that they were
so there were probably other reasons that he visited and im also sure it wasnt to gather votes
It's time they stopped build the flood defences and stretches that the rich live in because they stop the rivers naturally bursting there banks and spreading but instead push the water further down river.
Maver larfords was on the news last night going mad about it. Larfords is ruined. The 3 lakes and 1 river is now 1 big mass of water and the owner explained that around the perimeter of the fishery they had mesh so when the river did flood it would keep his fish in the fishery and the rivers fish in the river but because the foods were now deeper than the height of the fence the fish would just swim over the fence
Idont know why people get on to GOVT, for floods, they cant stop the RAIN
All councils, the government, politicians, environmentalists, businesses, vegans and cylists, are constantly reminding us about global warming and sea levels rising.
So why build on low lying land and flood plains in the first place?
I can see the where theres a blame lawyers plugging this like mad in years to come .... "have you been sold property at sea level or on a flood plain?"
And....I'll say it again. Where are the offers of help from abroad? Are we just suckers that keep digging deep when another country has a disaster.
Instead of wasting money on Cycle lanes they should be Digging new Flood defences and Dredging rivers and Drains so water can get away, Cant big pipelines be put in place directing water into old Mines ?
I read somewhere that part of the problem was an EU ruling that rivers and watercourses could not be disturbed as it damaged valuable wildlife habitats. As a result dredging and bankside maintenance virtually ground to a halt in order to comply.
I'm not sure how valid this is as I haven't had the time to check it out but I'm sure a few might be able to.
Add on the development of properties on flood plains, past part alterations of rivers to speed the flow of water through, and you have a situation where vast amounts of water cannot flow down the rivers unrestricted, and when it bottlenecks it can only spread outwards as it backs up.
The timing of a letter that turned up at work today made me think of this thread.
A well known house builder bought a field that belonged to a neighbour. The land is flat and sits on what was once flood plain. The house builder is complaining that the new houses have flooded and it’s our fault. Because the water is running down hill from our land into theirs.
During the building work and after the ditch that is on their land and is their responsibility had all sorts of rubbish dumped in it by the builders.
Then residents chucked their grass clippings, bits of tree, bush, broken wood etc over their back fences blocking the ditch even more. Now they are all shocked that the blocked ditch won’t drain the rainwater away and the houses built on low lying flood plain are flooding.
Also on clearing waterways, local farmers, landowners and homeowners wanted a section of the river clearing by the EA to reduce flooding.
The EA refused saying it would cost them over £80k to carry out the work. Farmers got together and did a lot of the work plus hired a couple of contractors in to help them. Got the job done for just over £8k.