A great idea that clearly didn’t last too long

Let's Talk - - POSTBAG -

I read with great in­ter­est the item about the Fen Floods of 1947.

Our fa­ther took my brother and me to see the breach in the A10 just south of South­ery and to see the fran­tic ef­forts be­ing made to re­store the road.

My un­cle was land­lord of the Fer­ry­boat Inn on the river­bank just south of there and was stranded for ages.

My grand­mother, aunt and un­cle lived in Lit­tle­port, so were also cut off from us.

My fa­ther, whose com­pany fre­quently did work for the Great Ouse River Board, told us that after the floods had sub­sided, the GORB con­vened a meet­ing of all the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties af­fected by the floods and it was de­cided to pro­duce a map show­ing the ‘High Tide’ mark of the floods.

It was then de­cided that, only in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances, would build­ing be per­mit­ted in those flood prone ar­eas, to pre­vent any new build­ings slow­ing the flow of wa­ter in the ‘washes’, in­tro­duced by Cor­nelius Ver­muy­den when he drained the Fens un­der in­struc­tion from the Duke of Bedford.

We all know how long that great idea has lasted!

DAVID TEM­PLE- COLE Syd­ney Aus­tralia

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