The article on the efforts to reduce flooding risks on the Somerset Levels (NCE 12 February) was both admirable and interesting. It is a great pity similar attention is not given to other natural waterways which are susceptible to flooding problems.
An example is the River Stour, in Dorset, where the flow can be observed to be greatly impeded by the many fallen and overhanging trees, slipped banks, and islands formed by reeds. During the autumn and winter the dead reeds hinder the flow as they become a permanent feature when entangled with other deleterious matter in overhanging trees.
The lack of past general maintenance appears now to be totally ignored in the hope that nature will take its course and accept flooding as inevitable.
James Kirkbright (M), Seasons Cottage, Cookswell, Shillingstone, Dorset, DT11 0QZ