but they are normally the first ones on the telly shouting about how no-one is helping them aren't they ?? why didn't we see them this winter? because they get subsidies
dredging the parrett wouldn't have stopped this flood - the water would have flowed faster over the banks potentially drowning people and taking out bridges etc
If the Tone and Parrett had been properly dredged, allowing them to carry their proper capacity, not the 50-60% they can currently carry, and a tidal barrier installed like the other rivers, keeping tidal silt deposition to a minimum, then the water would have been much less likely to overflow the banks, and if it did, it would have done so at exactly the same rate as it did this time. Nobody would have been drowned, any more than this time, and no bridges would have been taken out, just like none have been taken out this time.
Why would it?
The bridges down there were designed to accommodate increased water flow, incorporating large holes either side of the main span to allow overflow to pass through the structure instead of backing up and impeding flow.
The lack of action by the EA has allowed the banks to intrude into the river course, blocking the overflow holes, exacerbating the amount of flooding.
This is simple engineering and water management that even I can understand.
I repeat, why did the southern Levels flood, and the northern Levels didn't; because the northern ones were cleared, and had tidal barriers. There are only a few miles distance between the rivers, yet one area had disastrous flooding, with exactly the same rainfall.
So why are those who were flooded stupid for living there, yet those a few miles away, living at the same elevation, are not, because they didn't get flooded.
Here's a Telegraph feature, showing how the lack of dredging has affected the river, with a bridge specifically designed to cope with flooding, but compromised by idiots with an agenda: