The 21st century flood

Posted in climate change, emerging issues, environment, sustainability, water by thenextwavefutures on 24 July, 2007

Don floods, Dan KitwoodThe rains this week reminded me of a recent workshop I facilitated. One of the participants – who was certainly in a position to know – commented that the recent floods in Doncaster seemed to be ‘the first 21st century flood’ . What I understood him to mean by this was that the flooding had not been caused by sea levels rising, or accumulated run-off reaching the rivers, but simply because the water table and local river systems had been unable to absorb the sheer weight of water that had fallen out of the sky.

The picture is by Dan Kitwood on


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