Your letters: Flooding - accept some responsibility

The plaque shows the height of the surge at Vernatts Sluice, Surfleet Reservoir, in 2013.
The plaque shows the height of the surge at Vernatts Sluice, Surfleet Reservoir, in 2013.
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I know that we live in a time where blame culture is rife, but that does not negate our obligation to take care of ourselves, calculate cost and benefit and, above all, accept responsibility for our actions.

We all have a lot of sympathy for the people who were devastated by the flooding that occurred in many parts of the country and the various agencies who worked hard to assist them.

The flooding in those areas was due to the unprecedented levels of rainfall and, in many places, the defences over-topped as their design limits were exceeded.

And that is where the difference lies.

Surfleet reservoir was constructed to retain water and people were never meant to live between the river and the embankment.

If you choose to live there, you must accept the risk and be responsible for your own defence, without adding to the risk of others.

Many people who have sheds, or chalets, beside the river in Broadland and other areas raise their buildings in response to ever-increasing water levels, or make their properties more resilient, with permission and at their own expense.

Those that do not, or cannot, either accept occasional flooding as the price they pay for living in such an exclusive location, or sell-up and move.

Eddy Poll

Moulton Chapel