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    Blue Owl wrote: wrote:
    I would just like to add that this flooding has nothing to do with extreme levels of rainfall, but because the Environment Agency haven't dredged all rivers and streams in somerset........Now I demand everyone pay more tax, charities give me money and the council provide me with free boat transport!
    Usercarpark, you really do not know what you are commenting on !!!
    Of course the problems we are facing, is due to the excessive Rain fall, that has fallen over the Last Month and still continuing into February. This rainfall has landed in and around Sedgemoor, finding its way down the Water Courses to the Somerset Levels. Where under normal Conditions, pre 2012/13 this water has be allowed to accumulate onto the Designated Flood Plains, however due to the excess this last 2 years, the River Tone and Brue, have Breached their Banks, the water has been allowed by the Environment Agency to inundate the Moors of Middle, Salt, BurrowBridge, Athelney, Muchelney, Langport, and the A361 again for over a Month.
    Just to ensure that Parts of Taunton, the County Town does not Suffer Floods,
    It seems to be OK for the Residents of Our Countryside to have their lives Devastated for 4-6 weeks ongoing Misery!!! It Is Not OK !!!!!!!!!?????
    The Seperate issue, is the Mishandling of the Situation by the E Agency, now
    For the 2nd year running, they as an Organisation ,are NOT FIT For Purpose,
    The E Agency, needs to be Culled from the Top Downwards, starting with Lord Steve Smith (Lab Peer) who Takes a £100k a year for a 3 day Week as the Chairman of this Quango.. Also Robbie Williams the SWest Manager, who still spouts the Rethoric that Dredging will not be the Answer, Why Twenty years ago when the E Agency, took over from the Local Drainage Boards, has the Maintenance of our Rivers decreased, because of Misguided Fools, with their Computor Generated River, tide Modules, local knowledge, is worth A Thousand Experts from the E Agency, sack the lot of them from Middle Management Up to the Top !!!!!!! .......the Agency engineers on the ground have everyone's appreciation for the fantastic jobs they have done.
    But, when you have the Bosses, stating that Dredging is not the answer, but spending £Millions 17.4 ££££££££ on Jollies, travel, Bird Wetlands, protecting Beetles, there surely is something Drastically Amiss, surely the residents need protecting First, not the Birds who fly away, at the first sign of rising water levels.
    Bring the Responsibility, back to the Local Drainage Boards ,with the Farmers and Landowners, participation, as many of them are 3-4-5 Generation Farmers working the Land on the Levels, not to be config used with the Wet Lands, Flood Plains.......Which are Designated Area's
    David L Preece
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Environment Agency only responsible for the Parret and the Tone while the Drainage Boards http://www.somersetd
    nce/ are still responsible for the rhines and other water courses? Before 1996, when the government of the time setup the Environment Agency, I think it was the National Rivers Authority (not the Drainage Board) who had responsibility for the Tone and Parret, and prior to that it was Wessex Water (before it was privatised in 1989). So it wouldn't so much be 'bringing responsibility back' to the Drainage Boards, but giving them new responsibility, and that would only make sense if it covered the entire catchment area from Exmoor to the Mendips. Not likely me thinks.

    When it comes to the current role of the EA, don't they just implement Government policy - in which case the target should surely be DEFRA (who make the policy), not the EA?"
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