Dredging rivers will reduce flooding risk – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Paul Muller, Woodthorpe Gardens, Sandal, Wakefield.

A makeshift flood defence is built in York.

IT is not possible to stop the 
flow of water downhill unless 
you build a massive dam in the form of a reservoir. One cubic metre of water weighs the 
same as one cubic metre of concrete.

All our rivers must be dredged from the source to the sea. All obstructions in our rivers must be removed. Beavers just make small puddles for themselves to swim in; they don’t stop the flow of water.

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Building high walls on either side of a river just causes flooding lower down.

The scene in York earlier this week.

It is much cheaper and more effective to deepen the rivers down to the sea level by dredging.

As our sea levels will rise due to climate change, our coastal areas around estuaries will flood. Putting barriers across the Thames or the Humber will only be a temporary solution. All houses built on potential flood plain must be constructed on a raft of concrete.

From: Henry Cobden, Ilkley.

THE failure of Environment Secretary George Eustice to call a Yorkshire-wide flood summit, as he promised last February, is indicative of the Government’s disregard for the North. Better co-ordination and preparation might have spared the region some of the misery now being suffered.

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