reply to post by theabsolutetruth
I have been keeping up with unfolding events with regard to the weather, since the first of the significant weather fronts hit the west coast. I have
had a weather eye (did you see what I did there) on such matters since the big storm in October, which bought damaging winds to even our relatively
protected South East corner of the British Isles.
Since then, I have noticed repeated storms in the weather reports, coming in on near identical tracks, and pounding the same locations with high
winds, incredible amounts of rain, and so on and so forth. This has caused plenty of damage, most of it being flood related. Now, there are those who
would point out that the flooded areas are uniformly in river basins, flood plains, as they are also called. That is a fair point, until you realise
that many of the flooded locations were isolated from flooding of this magnitude, by careful work which re-directed the flow of rivers and streams, in
order to protect certain areas from flooding. An example would be the farmlands and communities in Somerset, which have seen their FOURTH, nearly
FIFTH week of flooding.
So, in actual fact, because of river management techniques which were, up until relatively recently, being implemented to protect these areas, they
were NOT flood prone, despite being in geographical locations which might lend themselves to that scenario, but for the alterations which had been
made by the hand of man, to the way water was distributed, drained, and directed in those regions. That work has recently been undone, by
mismanagement of the system of works which had previously protected the communities and farmlands worst affected by the recent downpours. Dredging
works have been halted, purely because of budgetary restrictions placed in the Environment Agency by the Con-Lib government, during their cuts process
(another issue entirely I think).
River banks have not been shored up, rivers have not been dredged, and infrastructure for when those flood defenses failed was not in place soon
enough or in enough force to actually protect the communities and farms which are currently underwater. People living in these areas, who have done so
for a considerable time, and some of whom have been involved in efforts to shore up flood defense in decades past, have watched their hard work be
left to ruin over recent years, and this nonsense is the result of it.
To cap it all, I heard on the news that some government figure said that "hard choices will need to be made, between saving the community, and saving
the farmland, because there is not the funding to do both". I'm sorry, I thought I just heard a politician tell a rural community, that either they
flood out, or the farm does, purely because of money. This I have a massive problem with. Why don't the government merely say to the nation "From now,
until the end of this crisis, all material resources required to protect at risk areas, drain currently flooded residential and farmland areas, and
put right any failings in watercourse management, will be provided without charge. That is to say, that if the materials and human resources exist in
the UK, then they will be bought here immediately, and until the end of the crisis, there will be no mention nor thought of monetary concerns until it
is decent and fair to do so, i.e. not while peoples lives, livelihoods, and homes, hang in the balance."
In short what I am suggesting is that the government ought to commandeer all necessary material in order to make this happen. I am not saying they
should pay for it, I am saying that no payment should be made for these things, WHAT SO DAMNED EVER! I am saying, that the time to worry about how
much things cost, is not when we are loosing crops and cattle by the farmload from our food producing regions, which will inevitably force import
costs UP, because of the demand for foreign importing to cover the losses we are suffering. I am saying that the time to worry about cost, is not when
peoples homes, for which they have worked very hard, are many feet under water, and they are living in cramped up conditions in emergency
circumstances. What I am saying, is that it is about time someone declared a state of emergency, and pulled in the resources necessary to combat
further flooding, drain these areas dry, and rectify the parlous state of watercourse management in the effected regions.
That concerns of cost are even being CONSIDERED at a time like this, when so much hangs in the balance, is frankly appalling, and I am ashamed to be
living in a nation whose government would be so callous, and so stupid. Many of these flood hit zones are producing the nations food for crying out
loud! Milk, eggs, corn, wheat, beef, lamb.... even in the most selfish way, how can our government continue to ignore the value of what they are
leaving to ruin? I find all this utterly unacceptable. Its high time the government got their fingers out, got the job done, and worried about the
bill afterwards. I highly doubt it would cost nearly as much to sort this mess out, as we have spent on charity for hurricane hit places across the
globe in the last five years. While I believe that the sort of disaster relief money that we send abroad is money well spent, for a cause most worthy,
it would be idiotic to be so charitable, without being able to look after our own interests in a similarly staunch manner.
edit on 7-2-2014 by
TrueBrit because: spelling and grammar