The Rose of the Shires website promotes all that is good in and about Northamptonshire. But focusing on the positive does not mean putting rose-tinted glasses on your head and sticking it up in the clouds. We think it is positive to be realistic and ready to preserve and protect.
Many readers will recall the Easter Floods of 1998.
We can celebrate that various Agencies and Authorities had already begun extensive protection and management schemes but this catastophic event was an unwelcome reminder of the challenge to manage the flow of the River Nene through the county. Most notable among the achievements, perhaps, is the Northampton Washlands, the extensive flood storage area between the A45 and Little Houghton. Find out more »
The Washlands forms part of the River Nene Regional Park ( details » ) and with the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits forms an internationally important Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EU Birds Directive.
It's a great example of how protection of people and property can be devised to promote conservation and promotion of wildlife and the natural environment.
But all are under threat from climate change which brings more frequent and more active storms. Recent reports from the United Nations and, nearer to home, from the Environment Agency highlight the risks from flooding across the UK, risks which must be faced and planned for. 2019 may be bringing us good summer weather and concerns about lack of rainfall, but that offers just the opportunity we need to "mend the roof while the sun is shining".
Northamptonshire County Council's "Flood Toolkit" includes a map to help you see the risks to your neighbourhood from many sources of flooding. Check it now » There is also advice for action by communities, home owners and businesses Read now »
The abundance of water on our County brings us a glorious wealth of natural beauty and spectacular wildlife. It brings risks too which we need to face and manage.
Our Social Media image for this article: Bob Embleton:Overwhelmed Flood sign, Upton-upon-Severn [CC BY-SA 2.0]
Northampton Floods 1998
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