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What the Authorities won’t tell you about the flooding.

This article was originally published in the Newcastle Journal earlier this month:

Amid all the devastation and recriminations over the flooding, hardly anybody mentions one factor that may not be the sole cause but certainly hasn’t helped, and that is the almost complete cessation of dredging of our rivers since we were required to accept the European Water Framework Directive (EWF) into UK law in 2000.

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  1. December 28, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Are you allowed by EU Law to post this?! You, you, nationalist, you! 😜

  2. December 28, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I’m one step ahead of the legislators.

    The flooding appears to be an action replay of what happened on the Somerset Levels.
    Mother nature + Bureaucratic Incompetence is a dangerous mixture.

  3. sheona
    December 28, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Don’t bother getting round the Water Framework Directive, just ignore it and revert to clearing out the streams and rivers. Rare crawfish or whatevers obviously survived such work in centuries past. Think France or other EU member states gives a hoot for such EU rules?

  4. December 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Exactly, Sheona!

  5. December 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The EU’s directives ought to be summarily ignored. They are in no position to enforce much of anything. One of the main differences between the glorious United Kingdom and the petty, squabbling states de l’autre cote de la Manche is that the British generally honour their commitments much to their own detriment.

  6. christinaosborne
    December 28, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I have to say that I knew nothing of this directive, it certainly explains a lot. It is quite unbelievable,(or only too believable) that our politicians should sabotage our national interests. Why do they hate us so much?
    Of course it is far cheaper for the govt not to dredge.

    Interestingly a similar story but utterly in reverse helped cause the inundation of New Orleans. In the past, the shipping channel was and is always dredged and the material was traditionally always dumped at the mouth of the delta way out in the ocean. They started reclaiming the dredgings for use as building materials and removing it from the system. This meant the delta was no longer replenished and commensurately shrank. This enabled waves and tidal surges that would have been held offshore to roar in onto the city. Which is why the levees gave way. The force of the water was too much for them in their new more vigorous action.

    Exactly the same in atolls, it ain’t global warming causing sea level rises it is destruction of coral reefs that erstwhile protected islands from surges, destroy the reef by shipping and over fishing and the island is wide open to tidal surges that the natives insist is sea level rises to gouge lucre from a guilty West!

    It is interesting that what works inland in water systems is virtually the direct reverse when you get to coastal systems. Very few understand it after all physical geography is not exactly a popular option at either school or university! Common sense tells you that sea level rises permanently inundate new land areas. Tidal surges return to the ocean! A fact seemingly overlooked by politicians!

    Do you think there is a special requirement for politicians to be mental defectives? One begins to think so.

    I vaguely remember that they have started dredging the Somerset Levels again, at least it was mooted after the last floods. Any one know what was the outcome of that?

    Having lived in a rental house that flooded three times whilst I was there I have made it a rule to never purchase anything anywhere near a river, sea, cliff, or any other known potentially geographically unstable feature. Once you have been paid out for flood insurance they will make sure you are unable to buy a policy thereafter. Try selling it then unless at a vast discount. I know this is an earthquake zone, but we are hours away from any fault zone and in a very safe nook historically geologically. Wouldn’t live on the coast here for all the tea in China!

  7. December 28, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Tina: in the late 19th century people started developing holiday properties in the Yosemite region. One particular place was near a river. The Miwok, the local indigenous people, warned them not to build there. The Septics being as omnipotent and all-knowing as ever sneered at them with disdain. After all, the Miwok used the area they wished to develop regularly — especially for summer camps and to gather materials. They built expensive houses and, during the first winter, all were ruined when the river broke its banks. They rebuilt them twice more after attempting to build levies, etc. but failed both times.

  8. December 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Yes, the Somerset levels were dredged after the PoW visited the area. He has his uses, allegedly but I suspect he has Interests’ there!

  9. christinaosborne
    December 28, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Interesting janus, then the EU directives weren’t worth diddly squat on that occasion!

    Christopher, another tale of that ilk. Crescent City, N California coast. In Indian language has a name that roughly translates, as ‘good place to fish, bad place to stay’. Even today most of the town is a bit inland. It is the spot that is hit first bang on by tsunami every time from the whole southern pacific basin. Evidently took a right pasting in the 1700s. Built into Indian verbal history.

  10. December 28, 2015 at 11:40 pm
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