As I have been involved as the Environment Agency project manager with Bewdley and the River Severn for over five years now, it has been very pleasant to see the picture of the flooded town of Bewdley used in your magazine as the trademark picture for describing the flood risk in this country.
However things have moved on and having built and successfully tested a demountable system for the north side of the town the fi nal, larger section to protect the rest of the town on the right bank of the river was completed in time for the very high flows experienced last week.
The nvironment gency's scheme relies on the 'invisible' defences being erected in the town when high fl ows are forecast, and was the first use of the system in this country.
If you would like a picture of an 18th century market town carrying on with life while the flooded river is contained by 21st century flood defences please use the enclosed photograph (above) from February 2004.
Roger Prestwood, project manager, Environment Agency, roger. prestwood@ environment-agency. gov. uk