Chris Smith’s assertion (‘The Waters at the Heart of Everything’, Issue 293) that water needs respect, nurturing, and a better understanding and education as to its fragile nature and importance is laudable. However, I too went to Cockermouth and saw the devastation, and the little that the powers that be did to help.

I accept that climate change plays its part, but we still build on floodplains, failing to remember that water will always find its own level. We do not dredge rivers or clear debris that reduces the volume of flow. I live near ...


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