Tuesday 24 January 2017

Flooding is full of surprises - yet it shouldn't be

A flood is a natural event but all too often we are unprepared for when they happen in this country

Conor Skehan

Published 24/01/2016 | 02:30

Rising levels: A litter bin almost submerged in a flood Photo: PhotopressBelfast.co.uk / Alan Lewis / Justin Kernoghan
Rising levels: A litter bin almost submerged in a flood Photo: PhotopressBelfast.co.uk / Alan Lewis / Justin Kernoghan

I was out doing fieldwork recently, preparing flood-risk maps. My new assistant got two surprises.

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First she found it hard to understand why I looked so pleased about a playing field that was flooded half way up the goal mouth. I explained to her that she was looking at success.

A well-planned town puts land-uses such as sports, parks and parking into places that flood - while keeping homes and buildings on the higher, drier ground.

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