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YP Letters: Flood warning from the playing fields of Eton
Published: 15:23 Friday 19 February 2016
Clifford's Tower, once part of York Castle, in York, which sits between the
River Ouse and River Foss, is reflected in floodwater after the rivers burst
Have your say from: Ewan Larcombe, Lawn Close, Datchet.
CORRESPONDENCE on flooding about a flood channel for York refers to the £7m
Jubilee Canal protecting Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead.
In fact the 12km x 50m wide Jubilee River by-pass channel was the major element
of the £110m Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood Alleviation Scheme. This project
was conceived in the 1980s, constructed in the latter 1990s and fell apart on
first use in 2002/3.
The brand new, world-class, award winning flood alleviation channel was severely
damaged at only two-thirds capacity.
Today the JR channel is steadily degrading. The channel does reduce the
probability of flooding in Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead but also deposits
un-attenuated flood flows onto unprotected downstream villages – normally at
night when the EA manually opens the flow control structure.
In my opinion, the Environment Agency is unaccountable. Scrutiny is insufficient
and lacking rigour.
The organisation itself will not admit that they get things wrong and therefore
is unable to reflect, to learn and do better.
This is public money – yours and mine – and despite yet another series of
devastating flood events I cannot see things improving.
Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-flood-warning-from-the-playing-fields-of-eton-1-7740518#ixzz40hb9wZVk