The Scottish Mail on Sunday

So why did they ignore the warning?


I WAS puzzled to watch reports of the recent floods in Germany, whose huge rivers have always flooded throughout history. They droned on about global warming, as if this was unquestion­ably the reason. Was it? How could we know for sure so soon? How come so many had died? Couldn’t they have been warned in time?

Now I learn that timely warnings were given. A British expert, Hannah Cloke, who is professor of hydrology at Reading University, spoke of a ‘monumental failure of the system’, adding: ‘I’m disappoint­ed that particular­ly in the cities you had people washed away. That suggests that lots of things are going badly wrong. It’s no use having massive computer models predicting what’s going to happen if people don’t know what to do in a flood.’

The European Flood Awareness System issued an extreme flood warning earlier that week and questioned why the toll was so high. And the German weather service, DWD, said it had passed on the warning to local authoritie­s, who should have been responsibl­e for organising any necessary evacuation­s. Yet you need to search to find this news, hacking your way through the modish dogma about climate change.

 ??  ?? WATER DISASTER: The flood aftermath in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
WATER DISASTER: The flood aftermath in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

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