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Why Building On Flood Plains May Not Be Such A Good Idea!

December 27, 2015

By Paul Homewood 


h/t Paul2




  1. Joe Public permalink
    December 27, 2015 10:57 pm

    What’s the problem?

  2. tom0mason permalink
    December 27, 2015 11:31 pm

    Obviously the flood defense wall will be installed to protect all future buildings, this will be paid for by the money saved by not dredging any of the waterways.

    PS –
    What do people think when the newly tarmacked and built-up areas have names like ‘something meadows’, ‘something ford, ‘something mere (or meer), ‘something marsh, ‘lakesomething or ‘something lake, etc., etc., etc.
    Other names to be wary of are here
    Why should anyone want to investigate possible flood risk before buying a property? Why should they worry that the climate’s cyclic, and pseudo-cyclic, events happen on timescales that are not related to any individual human lifetime …

  3. Green Sand permalink
    December 27, 2015 11:53 pm

    Back in 2012 when colder, drier winters were being foretold:-

    local voices were falling on deaf ears:-

    ‘Whalley homes scheme ‘poses flooding risk’’

    • roger permalink
      December 28, 2015 9:25 am

      Comments section of the Whaley report demonstrates the mind set of outsider planners and councillors versus that of knowledgeable locals aka nimbus.
      The MSMshould be all over this. What’s the betting they won’t?

  4. December 28, 2015 12:09 am

    Always have said – building on ‘flood plains’ is like building more decks on the Titanic knowing it is going to sink – causing even more people hardship and expense.

    How stupid can they really be?

    Though – ‘global warming’ is the governments excuse to divert attention away from their malfeasance by taking away money from essential dredging.

    We all know – there has been no more rain.


  5. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    December 28, 2015 12:58 am

    Even in Danmark where the distance to the sea is very limited, we have had floods because of the rain in the last days. The reason is that low laying areas have been (developed) build upon, and any countermeasures are delayed by making climate plans. The excuse is that weather can not be controlled, but anyway they tax us to give good weather.

  6. Paul permalink
    December 28, 2015 2:48 am

    Much the same happened in Brisbane, Australia in 2011. The local councils had allowed building in flood prone areas believing that the Wivenhoe dam would avoid future floods.
    Well, guess what? They were wrong – when Wivenhow reached capacity and the rain continued to fall they had no choice but to release the dam water causing floods in previously flood prone areas that had been built on flooding thousands of homes/businesses.

  7. December 28, 2015 3:35 am

    I’ve read that the photo of the “DEVELOPMENT SITE…” sign above the flood is a photo-shopped fake, but I don’t know for sure.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      December 28, 2015 8:15 am

      It may well be, but it is so close to the actuality it is now taken as the truth. Like a lot of the nonsense put about by the CAGW/CACC mob.

    • David Richardson permalink
      December 28, 2015 8:19 am

      It could easily be a joke Dave but there are many such sites on flood plains all over the place. I live 35 feet above sea level and out of the flood plain, but they are planning to build down the hill in an area that has flooded in the past.

      Flooding is like believing that Blackpool could never win the FA Cup – mind you that probably has even longer return period!!

    • roger permalink
      December 28, 2015 9:39 am

      You may have read that it was photoshopped but that is not evidence that it was.
      See Greensands comment above for irrefutable evidence that in Whalley, epicentre of reporting, handwringing and crocodile tears, building was permitted on a known flood plain, with predicted results.

    • steverichards1984 permalink
      December 29, 2015 6:48 pm

      It is not photo shopped it can be seen on google street view…..,-2.4208706,3a,15y,179.89h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1su-M2_2V7O5HQxHIwP1eoRw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  8. Dave Couzens permalink
    December 28, 2015 9:50 am

    Build on flood plains, protect housing on flood plains. then you lose the flood plain,
    Resulting in more flooding elsewhere.

  9. December 28, 2015 9:58 am

    Maybe builders on flood planes should be forced to state where they intend to send the flood waters. Or is that too obvious?

  10. December 28, 2015 9:59 am

    Plains even 😦

  11. Paul2 permalink
    December 28, 2015 10:40 am

    Paul, I’ve tried all morning to post a link to the advert for that development but it seems the host doesn’t like me or it.
    Type the text on the billboard into google and you will find that Rightmove are selling the plot. It’s all been approved by the council.

    • saveenergy permalink
      December 31, 2015 1:25 pm

      I’ve just tried to post it …fail ????

  12. December 28, 2015 2:30 pm

    It reminds me of looking down on Red Creek from the dirt road to Dolly Sods, Tucker Co., WV and seeing the cottages which are being built. Do they ever wonder where all those large boulders came from? They have just driven by Red Creek which now has walls of bulldozed boulders along the side. These are the result of the periodic rain dumps from hurricanes or monster storms which come up the southern Appalachians in the Allegheny Mts. One day, they will be able to pick up their dwellings as toothpicks towards the Blackwater River.

  13. grumpy old Roy permalink
    December 28, 2015 2:41 pm

    Dear Sirs

    I read your comments with avid interest as common sense must always prevail. Given the honesty and unarguable facts do you send them to the Minister concerned?

    Thanks you

    Grumpy Old Roy

    • roger permalink
      December 28, 2015 3:02 pm

      It is difficult for common sense to prevail when 28 countries determine the flood policies of shires and counties in the UK.
      You would also do better to send your facts to the commissioner concerned, since no minister in Westminster has control over flood prevention when EU law trumps them.
      We are run by idiots but they are not our idiots anymore.

    • David Richardson permalink
      December 28, 2015 3:08 pm

      Roy – that is for Paul to answer himself, but given the astonishing duplicity of politicians recently you just wonder if they are ever going to listen to any reason.

      Lack of dredging is a factor in every flood of the last couple of years – Somerset, Thames, Cumbria, and now Lancs/Yorks. Politicians know they have signed this non-dredging nonsense into policy at the behest of the EU, but will give us the impression that all is being done to help the risk of flooding. Like all green-tinted stuff it is paved with good intentions (for the planet) but with no regard to the humans who live on it. Then the final insult is that it is your taxes being spent by NGO’s to sell this stupidity in the first place.

      Always worth bearing in mind that the Climate Change Act was written by a woman with a degree English Literature.

  14. Graeme No.3 permalink
    December 28, 2015 6:07 pm

    When we visited Windsor NSW – one of the very early towns settled – my father looked around for about 10 seconds and remarked that they must get bad floods there. I asked how he knew and he pointed out that all the old houses were on the ridge.
    The authorities permitted sub-division on the flood plains upriver and a few years later these were flooded 3 times in a year.

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