The proposal to use minor roads as flood channels could put vulnerable road users at risk. Cyclists and others use minor roads, not just for local access, but also to avoid the traffic on more major routes.
As with current de-icing policies, this sort of proposal would force vulnerable users to divert onto busy roads when conditions are at their worst.
People accept a degree of disruption when using minor roads, but deliberate flooding would actively discriminate against people who are trying to follow a low impact lifestyle, in order to deal with the consequences of their neighbours' indifference.
Alasdair Massie, senior engineer, Hannah Reed and Associates, Telford House, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB1 5HB