YEP Says: Time to stem the tide of ignorance

The Boxing Day floods in Leeds
The Boxing Day floods in Leeds
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It’s welcome that West Yorkshire’s councils are beginning a review of their own into the devastation caused at Christmas.

Yet it is also important that this exercise is not restricted to local government boundaries.

The problem needs to be tackled at source and that means river catchment areas being considered in their entirety. For example the River Aire, which breached its banks in Leeds,

actually begins its journey at Malham in North Yorkshire. Unless ways can be found to slow the flow of water in upland areas, communities downstream will be at greater risk of flooding. This lesson in basic geography needs to be applied to this

review process before such short-sightedness leads to even more homes, businesses and jobs being washed away on a tide of ignorance.

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