What is the difference between the East Anglian Fens and the Somerset Levels...Watch
The relationship between the Environment Agency and the Internal Drainage Boards.
Compare the tone of:
Tell me, have you heard a peep out of the Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board during the recent flooding crisis?
So would you say it's more of a management problem than the inherent capabilities of both areas to deal with such deluges?
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.