Flooding issues in Sidmouth

Flooding has become a huge issue:

Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability | Washington Post

‘Alarm’ over winter flood prospects in England | BBC News

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Not least, that we are building in the wrong place:

Thousands of homes to be built in flood zones | BBC News

UK weather: Ten thousand homes planned for high-risk flood plains, analysis reveals | Telegraph

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As reported by Greenpeace earlier today:

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Thousands of new homes planned in high-risk flood zones across England

Investigation raises concerns about the ability of the UK’s environmental regulator to manage homebuilding as the climate changes

Thousands of homes are set to be built in high-risk flood zones across England, an Unearthed investigation has found, as communities across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands struggle with severe flooding.

By cross-referencing housebuilding plans in 10 flood-prone local authorities with the Environment Agency’s (EA) flood risk map, Unearthed has identified proposals to build 9,688 homes in high-risk areas.

Thousands of new homes planned in high-risk flood zones across England

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There are high-risk flood zones in Devon too:

Climate change and flooding: the impact on the Devon coast

South West coastal change: challenges for Sidmouth

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Huge and expensive infrastructure projects are happening in Sidmouth meanwhile:

Whether at Knowle:

Sidmouth homes to be protected from flooding

Overdevelopment of Knowle could cause problems for town’s drains | Save Our Sidmouth

Or further upstream:

Persimmon, Sidmouth and “promoting well-designed housing that is sustainable and provides much-needed new housing…

Housing issues @ Streetlife

Or on the seafront:

Raising the splash wall on Sidmouth’s Esplanade: website info

Port Royal redevelopment

Or at Sidford:

Sidford Business Park reports, planning appeal upheld

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Perhaps a less invasive and more ‘natural’ type of flood management would make more sense:

Lower Otter Restoration Project underway

Weatherwatch: floods can be controlled by natural means | Guardian

 

And perhaps some historical perspective would help:

Case Study Site 9 – Sidmouth, Devon

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Finally, the drama of the sea:

Sidmouth seafront before the sea defences, Devon
In the late 90’s sea defences were finally installed to stop frequent seafront flooding. The red glow is as a result of the deep red sandstone which can be seen on the cliffs and which infiltrates even the sea bed. It’s wonderful how it is reflected in the atmosphere above.
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Sidmouth seafront before the sea… © nick macneill :: Geograph …

   
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