Call for ac­tion to pre­vent fu­ture dis­as­ters

Birmingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - Gra­ham Young Staff Reporter

THE floods that dev­as­tated hun­dreds of Birm­ing­ham homes and busi­nesses could have been pre­vented if the city’s an­cient rivers were con­tained prop­erly, a top ex­pert has claimed.

Dr Chris Bradley, a se­nior lec­turer in Ge­og­ra­phy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence at Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham, warned his­toric de­vel­op­ment and a lack of con­tain­ment for the city’s wa­ter cour­ses meant the floods were bound to hap­pen again.

A month’s rain fell in just one hour on Sun­day, turn­ing roads into rivers and leav­ing thou­sands of res­i­dents with huge bills and, in some cases, tem­po­rar­ily home­less.

Dr Bradley said: “The mes­sage we have to get across is that to stop flood­ing down­stream, you have to hold wa­ter at source.”

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