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Flooding: Global warming - or is it an excuse?




A farmer is calling on the Environment Agency to take more action after further devastating flooding hit the county and other parts the UK.

Nicholas Watts, MBE, of Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas, said the EA (Environment Agency) should be more proactive in managing flood risk instead of 'global warming being blamed'

He said: "Any heavy rainfall we receive these days is blamed on global warming, but when I look back on the rainfall over the past 190 years, we are getting less extreme events than we used to."

Nicholas Watts.
Nicholas Watts.

As a member of the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, he said that rainfall records kept since 1829, showed considerably more rainfall back then than in recent times.

"In the first 60 years they were keeping records, they had 15 years when we had more than 30 inches of rain in a year. In the last 100 years, we have only had two years when we have had more than 30 inches in one year; so quite clearly here in Lincolnshire we are getting less extreme events than we used to," he said.

He added that, while he felt the drainage board was maintaining its drains and ditches, "most of the watercourses that have been overflowing or bursting their banks are those that are under the control of the Environment Agency."

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were drafted in to help out at the scenes of flooding in Yorkshire recently.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were drafted in to help out at the scenes of flooding in Yorkshire recently.

He cited the River Welland, near where he lives, as being 'clogged with weed', and added: "The River Witham is also controlled by the EA and is in dire need of being slubbed out but nobody has managed to persuade them to do any maintenance on the river yet. All we hear from the experts is that any flooding is a result of global warming and we will get more of these floods. I ask myself, who are these experts, what do they know about drainage?"

It has been reported recently that 'vast swathes of Lincolnshire could disappear underwater' if climate change is not halted.

The EA did not provide a comment by the time of going to press.

  • This article was amended on December 3, 2019. The line: "In the last 100 years, we have only had two years when we have had more than 30 inches in one year..." had previously read in error: "In the last ten years, we have only had two years when we have had more than 30 inches in one year." This was our error and we are happy to correct the mistake.

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