Flooding 2: England

Three examples of people, property and the environment put at risk in Britain to increase profits for large-scale agriculture, research and construction industries

Secret cloud-seeding experiments over southern England in the days before the Lynmouth flood disaster on 15th August 1952 caused great destruction of buildings, hillside vegetation and the loss of 34 lives. Despite denials from the Ministry of Defence, dry ice seeding of clouds was confirmed by Group Captain John Hart, who has these flights recorded in his log-book . He could not understand the MOD’s denials as the archive evidence is available in the Public Record Office.

Survivors of the 1952 Lynmouth flood called for an investigation, in vain

In 2001 BBC Radio 4 unearthed documents recently released at the public record office showing that such experiments were going on from 1949 to 1955. RAF logbooks and personnel corroborated the evidence. Operation Cumulus was going on between August 4 and August 15 1952. The scientists were based at Cranfield school of aeronautics and worked in collaboration with the RAF and the MoD’s meteorological research flight based at Farnborough. The chemicals were provided by ICI in Billingham.

Boscastle 2004

There had been changes in farming practice in the upland areas above Boscastle, which was severely flooded in 2004. Loss of trees and hedges higher up the valley caused water to flow through more quickly than would have been the case in the past.

Solihull 2012

flood aqueduct road cars mill around

In an attempt to boost the economy, proposals for building houses in scenic areas on or near flood plains, such as the area above, are being accepted.

These man-made causes of flooding are denied or ignored: when will we learn?

 


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Posted on June 23, 2013, in Banking and finance, Civil servants, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Planning, Vested interests and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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