Monday 5 December 2016

Destruction caused by flooding could have been avoided

Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30

Flooded roads in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Flooded roads in Banagher, Co Offaly. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The terrible destruction of property and the dreadful inconvenience caused to residents in flooded areas could have been prevented. Now, following the flooding, the following measures should be put in place:

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1. The building of reinforced concrete barriers along rivers inclined to burst their banks. Barriers of stone and other materials were erected in ancient times where the Tiber enters Rome; and in modern times, the Dutch keep out the sea, and contain rivers, with dykes.

2. Canals should be dug. Even if buildings have to be demolished to make way for modern canals, they should be reconstructed on higher ground.

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