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Drowning in misery: Homes flooded
for a month, vast tracts of farmland
wrecked, lives put on hold... all
because of staggering incompetence

Daily Mail [UK], by Ben Spencer

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/28/2014 10:39:00 PM

Furious flood victims last night accused officials of gross incompetence and abandoning them to the elements. They said they feared the ‘worst was yet to come’ in the Somerset Levels, huge stretches of which have been under water since Christmas. Experts backed up their claim that the Environment Agency’s decision to stop dredging key rivers had created a ‘disaster area’ covering 25 square miles. The agency has instead spent £20million on a coastal nature sanctuary, and run a programme encouraging farmers to flood their fields to promote birdlife. The Government has accepted that dredging has to resume, but Environment Agency chairman

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Greens want area to go back to nature, allow some 25 or 30 square miles of farmland and housing to go underwater so they can spend money elsewhere. Would the English forebears of yore have stood for this?

      


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Drowning in misery: Homes flooded
for a month, vast tracts of farmland
wrecked, lives put on hold... all
because of staggering incompetence
Daily Mail [UK], by Ben Spencer    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/28/2014 10:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Furious flood victims last night accused officials of gross incompetence and abandoning them to the elements. They said they feared the ‘worst was yet to come’ in the Somerset Levels, huge stretches of which have been under water since Christmas. Experts backed up their claim that the Environment Agency’s decision to stop dredging key rivers had created a ‘disaster area’ covering 25 square miles. The agency has instead spent £20million on a coastal nature sanctuary, and run a programme encouraging farmers to flood their fields to promote birdlife. The Government has accepted that dredging has to resume, but Environment Agency chairman

   

 

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