Call for action to prevent future disasters
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.”