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Wye theory

Your lead caption for the article Wye Again (NCE 31 January) asked the question 'could it be too late?' This puzzled me.

As a pupil at one of the schools in Hereford during the mid to late 1940s, I remember the almost annual flooding of the Wye occasionally blocking the approaches to Greyfriars and Victoria Bridges.

I remember being ferried by army duck in the 1948 floods. Flash flooding of the Wye is well known occurring when heavy rainfall hits its Welsh upland catchments.

In recent years such events have become more frequent.

Much of the scheme areas now to be protected were originally part of the natural flood plain of the river. This is therefore a good example of how recurring development over the years has chosen to accept occasional inconvenience in so far as the constraints of the natural local environment are concerned.

As for the flood protection works, completeness would benefit from more information on the method to secure safe high water discharge from surface water sewers within the protected areas themselves (and the adjacent fringe areas which may be linked thereto )
Perhaps NCE might like to return to tackle this point?

JOHN BULLEN (M), john bullen bullen.j@virgin.net

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