Watching the news this morning about people demanding Government help in flooded areas in the UK(England) it made me wonder who is to blame(Other than the weather).
How many of the houses involved are built in known flood areas? Why did/do Council Planning Departments allow building in such areas? I saw one TV reporter standing in floodwater up to her knees. There was a plaque on the wall of a house behind her. The plaque was about six foot above her head and displayed the line that floodwater reached in 1922.
In the town where I live there is an area about 1 square mile that is a well know flood area. It used to be a factory area. A foundry in the area had a section that was knicknamed 'The boat' because it had three furnace chimneys and was surrounded by deep floodwater on a regular basis.
Since the demise of factories this area has been rebuilt and contains a cinema and all the usual big stores etc, plus a few hundred private houses. They are building more at the moment. An eight foot embankment and wall has been built, courtesy of the EU. Nobody can tell me what happens if most of the flooding takes place inside the town and cant escape into the river because of the flood wall/embankment.
Is there any towns in your area where the same mistakes are being made with flood history bein ignored?