Flood threat - act now

PUBLISHED: 14:18 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

Thank you for your lead article ( Exmouth - the new Atlantis") in last week's Exmouth Journal and the article in Hugo Swire's column. They have conspired, together with discussions at Exmouth Family History Club Committee following a recent talk about the

Thank you for your lead article ("Exmouth - the new Atlantis") in last week's Exmouth Journal and the article in Hugo Swire's column.They have conspired, together with discussions at Exmouth Family History Club Committee following a recent talk about the history of Exmouth, to prompt me to write to Hugo Swire MP and to two of our county councillors, Mrs Brenda Taylor and Mr Bernard Hughes. To our county councillors, I have asked them to impress on the county council that it is important to prepare now for the effects of global warming as a result of climate change and the resulting storms and rising sea levels that will follow.Already, in the past few weeks, we have seen the effects of four inches of rain falling in two or three hours over Ottery St Mary on ground which was already sodden, producing run off which was 100 per cent. In the past few years, on a number of occasions, there have been torrential rain storms, but on a much lesser scale, on land between Clyst St Mary and Exmouth, causing the A376 to Exmouth and the B3179 through Woodbury to become totally impassible to cars. As a result, and because those roads carry traffic at far above a reasonable capacity, they become totally blocked to all emergency vehicles, thus endangering the lives of people in Exmouth. I have been involved and know what happens. I suggest that it is necessary to make a start on the extension of the dual carriageway of the A376 from near the St George and Dragon public house towards Exmouth, keeping the road well above any possible future flood and rising sea level and designed to be free from local drainage problems along the route, so that even four inches of rain in a couple of hours does not cause it to become impassable.I appreciate that such road building might not be welcomed by some, but the impracticality of the present road and the danger it causes to the people of Exmouth gives us little alternative.Edward W Wilkinson,2 Willow Avenue, Exmouth.

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