Saturday 10 December 2016

Succession of storms shows we cannot put off setting up a flood defence force

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

'If we are serious about dealing with the terrible damage for thousands of people across the country, then competing interests must co-operate with a new flood defence force'. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
'If we are serious about dealing with the terrible damage for thousands of people across the country, then competing interests must co-operate with a new flood defence force'. AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The unwelcome Christmas visitors returned. We were caught on the hop again. They kicked up a storm and left the place in a mess, just like the last time. You'd think we'd have learnt our lesson; every winter they swing by. Clodagh, Desmond, Eva and Frank arrived in quick succession.

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There was no time to clean up after Abigail and Barney. Now stay the hell away Gertrude, we're not ready for you, either.

The blame game for the flooding is well documented by now - years of inertia, bad planning, departmental incompetence and climate change. But let's face it, we can't control rainfall and the annual deluges are no longer an exception.

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