Saturday, February 15, 2014

Storms and man-made disaster

"We are apt to believe that today we experience more violent upheavals of Nature than in past generations, but this is not so. Heavy storms and exceptional weather phenomena occurred much the same in past years as now."

Reginald M. Lester, "The Observer's Book Of Weather", Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd (1955)

But we can make things worse, whether it be the EU-directed failure to dredge rivers that has exacerbated the flooding this year or the late-19th-century dredging of the pebble beach at Hallsands that led to the sea's destruction of the whole village in 1917.

We've been planning to revisit possibly the best fish and chip restaurant in England (the Start Bay Inn at Torcross in Devon's South Hams), but fear the worst after the recent weather:

Some think efforts to stop coastal erosion at Slapton Ley are ultimately doomed, anyway.

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1 comment:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Nine out of ten so-called "natural disasters" are actually a miserable failure of town planning, building regulations etc.

After Krakatoa, the Indonesians were a bit wary about living/building too near the beach, but over the course of a century they got complacent again and that's why 200,000 people died.

A friend happened to be on holiday in the area when they had the Boxing Day Tsunami, on a little island, they had a simple rule which they strictly followed: "If the ground shakes, run up into the hills" and they all survived just fine. Collective memory.