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with regards to coping with flooding?
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with regards to coping with flooding?

The relationship between the Environment Agency and the Internal Drainage Boards.

Compare the tone of:

http://www.somersetdrainageboards.go...els-telemetry/

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http://www.blacksluiceidb.gov.uk/the...statement.html

Tell me, have you heard a peep out of the Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board during the recent flooding crisis?
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The Boston link seems to have it's act together whereas the Somerset one was less watertight on details...
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The Boston link seems to have it's act together whereas the Somerset one was less watertight on details...
And the Boston one was running the show. It was clear that they regarded themselves as being in charge whereas the Somerset lot clearly regard themselves as having a minor role compared with the Environment Agency.
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So would you say it's more of a management problem than the inherent capabilities of both areas to deal with such deluges?
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So would you say it's more of a management problem than the inherent capabilities of both areas to deal with such deluges?
These are entirely managed landscapes. Not a pint of water from Wicken Fen to the Isle of Axholme nor through the Somerset levels moves where God intended.

The levels of rainfall this year are high but not unprecedented. The Somerset farmers are clear that what has caused their flooding is the cessation of dredging.

Contrast that with the East Coast floods earlier in the winter. They were caused by a tidal surge which is the notorious killer; low pressure, a high spring tide and an onshore wind. The East Coast was better prepared this year than in 1953 when 300 died but London was saved by a fortuitous change of wind direction that condemned 1500 Dutchmen to their deaths.
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