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I take it back!

Having just read John McKenna's report on the flooding review I reflected that my experiences are telling me that one of the possible causes of flooding is being missed and, therefore, an opportunity for more economic solutions is being overlooked.
I happened to be making car journeys in the affected areas during two of the recent catastrophic storms. What I observed was that flood water was running off agricultural land in high volumes onto rural roads and then rapidly into the local water courses.

In retrospect, I considered that it is likely that modern agricultural practice has led to more rapid run-off from agricultural land and given that this land is of much greater area than urban land, this must be a far more significant factor in the causes of flooding.

Could it be that the people who have missed this conclusion are largely city-based?

From this point, I would suggest that spending money on cleaning out or digging ditches around fields and putting in land drains along rural roads would be a way of reducing the likelihood of future flooding, which would give far better value for money than expensive urban flood defences.

R. IAN JOHNSON (M), 36 Shelley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7JR

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