A Humber barrier would add water security

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From: John Goodman, Grove Close, Beverley.

THE Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) State of the Nation Water report calls for decisive and prompt action to tackle the UK’s water security, which they warn will continue to worsen if not addressed urgently. It rates the UK’s current water security as level four on a one-to-10 scale.

If a Humber Barrier, built near the mouth of the river, was thought of as a dam of a reservoir already excavated and capable of holding 20 million tons of water, then the benefit of a barrier can easily be seen. The ICE report gives emphasis to the need for such a scheme. Don’t destroy good agricultural land to build a reservoir when one already exists.

If the barrier is thought of as being a flood protection measure capable of holding back a silt laden tide (96 per cent of the silt comes from the sea) that is steadily increasing and given certain climatic conditions would have a tsunami effect then a barrier for flood defence alone is worthwhile.

Various agencies are already spending tens of millions of pounds each year on flood protection around the Estuary without any guarantee of success, failure means billions in flood damage and enormous heartache to thousands. A barrier gives needed protection.

With the virtual absence of silt in the river the creation of a large deep water port becomes possible. The barrier in effect is the eastern wall of the port, deep waterways to the hinterland can be created. The recreational potential is enormous and is capable of giving employment and enjoyment to thousands. Local Industry is in need of the work, there cannot be a better time to invigorate the economy, and in so doing provide a lasting valuable legacy. The case for a barrier is compelling. The MPs around the estuary should be pressing for a scheme.