By Jove it’s good to be back on the blogwaves of Wycombe.
It’s been nearly a month since yours truly last blogged and so much has happened in that time indeed the blogs are literally queuing up to burst out of me.
Over the past few days and weeks my lunchtime walk has literally been a washout with rain, wind and cold spoiling my regular promenade around the town center. Thankfully the weather at lunchtime today was not too bad apart from the biting cold and dreadful wind.
While Wycombe has to a large extent avoided severe flooding Marlow and other low lying areas have suffered quite badly.
According to the articles published on the news section of this site during the recent floods Higginson Park in Marlow has been closed, the fire brigade set up a decontamination unit and communications centre in Marlow and over 7,000 sand bags have been distributed by the powers that be.
Flooding is becoming all too common these days. Were the environmentalists right and the floods are in some way connected with global warming? I would like to think not.
Due to it’s terrain Wycombe will never flood, indeed an awful lot of rain would have to fall before the top of Downley hill was submerged.
Of course large areas of Marlow are on the flood plain of the River Thames. It may be picturesque to have a house so close to a major river but if the land is prone to flooding then surely it is to be expected.
Sand bags are a futile weapon of last resort as the water will always win. The question is why on earth were dwellings ever allowed to be built in an area that could end up under water?
But just look at Wycombe. I can remember when the side of the hill at Downley was covered in green grass and fields with cattle grazing on the steep slope. Then some clever herbert decided to build houses on the hillside and lay down roads for cars and pavements for pedestrians to walk on.
When rain fell on the grass and fields it would simply soak into the soil and top up the underground aquifers but with all the housing developments that have been built in recent years the rain falls on asphalt and has to be channelled away down drains. If the drains block then flooding occurs.
So is the flooding really caused by global warming?
Well, as to the cause of the extra rainfall yours truly thinks the jury is still out on that one. However I think the damage to property need not have been as severe as surely poor planning decisions have allowed homes to be constructed too near to rivers and other areas susceptible to flood.
By covering the land with roads and driveways surely insufficient allowance has been made for surface water to drain away quickly into the earth?
No doubt everyone’s household insurance premiums will rise in order to pay for the water damage claims to houses that by virtue of their very location were always going to flood when heavy rain fell.
What do you think?
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