Friday, April 2, 2010

Flooding a result of neglect and greed

Every farmer knows that if you dig a drain you first have to figure out where the water is going to flow to. So it is important that when planning permission is given for houses that the water-table debt is taken into consideration.

In many cases this was ignored and that is why new residents are so shocked to find themselves up to their knees in flood water. In many cases, their houses were built on flood plains. Should they sue the authorities for not doing their job? In the US this avenue of action would be a given.

Most people are busy getting on with their lives and expect the government and the local authorities to look after the country in their interest but that is not what has been happening.

Many objections by ordinary people were ignored by An Bord Pleanala, which gave planning permission for huge housing estates where there was a history of flooding in the past. It has been only the generosity of people in the various communities in the last few days that prevented the loss of life.

Much of Holland is below sea level yet with constant new innovations not only have they managed to stay 'above water' but are busy reclaiming more land.

It seems to me to be just short of a miracle how a city as big as Amsterdam, which is built on numerous canals, deals with its sewage, etc. Are our engineers up to date on new technologies to deal with preventative flooding methods? I don't think so. It seems that the attitude has been to leave well enough alone and that is why we are so ill-prepared for the recent flooding.

We don't need to invent jobs -- there is work to be done and we need to start now.

What we need is investment in drainage, good water systems, up-to-date sewage treatment plants and cleaning up of our lakes and rivers.

The head of the IFA said that proper drainage has not taken place over the last 40 years.

But this has to do with the value of land for housing and the fact that various governments took their eye off the ball when it came to the monitoring of flood plains.

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