Dredge the Usk

IT LOOKS as though the cessation of regular dredging of rivers has contributed to the flooding of the Somerset levels. The Usk used to be dredged regularly; surely that needs to be reintroduced immediately given that it’s recently been near to overflowing?

Neil Maher Conway Road Newport

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11:56am Thu 6 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Might not be such a good idea...

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1:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

welshmen says...

Fortunately for us, the Usk is a very fast flowing river, most of the silt is taken down stream, the navigation channel out in the Bristol Channel is dredged regularly right up to the mouth of the Dock Gates (Pier Head), the Docks are also flushed about once a month to stop silt build up, further up stream from Caerleon to Usk Town and beyond could get some attention, by the removal of fallen trees that clog the river by trapping smaller trees, nice job for someone, the trees could be chopped and sold for firewood.... Also more constructed flood defences could be the answer to low lying areas of Newport....
Fortunately for us, the Usk is a very fast flowing river, most of the silt is taken down stream, the navigation channel out in the Bristol Channel is dredged regularly right up to the mouth of the Dock Gates (Pier Head), the Docks are also flushed about once a month to stop silt build up, further up stream from Caerleon to Usk Town and beyond could get some attention, by the removal of fallen trees that clog the river by trapping smaller trees, nice job for someone, the trees could be chopped and sold for firewood.... Also more constructed flood defences could be the answer to low lying areas of Newport.... welshmen

1:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

welshmen wrote:
Fortunately for us, the Usk is a very fast flowing river, most of the silt is taken down stream, the navigation channel out in the Bristol Channel is dredged regularly right up to the mouth of the Dock Gates (Pier Head), the Docks are also flushed about once a month to stop silt build up, further up stream from Caerleon to Usk Town and beyond could get some attention, by the removal of fallen trees that clog the river by trapping smaller trees, nice job for someone, the trees could be chopped and sold for firewood.... Also more constructed flood defences could be the answer to low lying areas of Newport....
You do realise that the Usk is a tidal stretch don't you?And that the threat of flooding is most likely to happen when water is flowing up the Usk, not down it...
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Fortunately for us, the Usk is a very fast flowing river, most of the silt is taken down stream, the navigation channel out in the Bristol Channel is dredged regularly right up to the mouth of the Dock Gates (Pier Head), the Docks are also flushed about once a month to stop silt build up, further up stream from Caerleon to Usk Town and beyond could get some attention, by the removal of fallen trees that clog the river by trapping smaller trees, nice job for someone, the trees could be chopped and sold for firewood.... Also more constructed flood defences could be the answer to low lying areas of Newport....[/p][/quote]You do realise that the Usk is a tidal stretch don't you?And that the threat of flooding is most likely to happen when water is flowing up the Usk, not down it... GardenVarietyMushroom

3:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

welshmen says...

Yes I do know the River is tidal, the Tidal part reaches as far as Newbridge-on-Usk , I have lived next to the River Usk all my life and never been flooded, I know it very well and have also worked on the Usk, the Usk rises in the Mid Wales Mountains, when we have heavy rain falls in the mountains the upper reaches of the Usk can flood, usually only farm land is affected, Newport has the highest tidal range of any city in the World, the Usk is designated SSSI and SAC so dredging would be a problem, cleaning waste and TREES is needed to keep the river flowing strongly, problems arise when we have had heavy rain in the mountains coming down the river and spring tides coming up the river, add a south westerly gale and you could have flooding in some areas, but this is rare as we all know....
Yes I do know the River is tidal, the Tidal part reaches as far as Newbridge-on-Usk , I have lived next to the River Usk all my life and never been flooded, I know it very well and have also worked on the Usk, the Usk rises in the Mid Wales Mountains, when we have heavy rain falls in the mountains the upper reaches of the Usk can flood, usually only farm land is affected, Newport has the highest tidal range of any city in the World, the Usk is designated SSSI and SAC so dredging would be a problem, cleaning waste and TREES is needed to keep the river flowing strongly, problems arise when we have had heavy rain in the mountains coming down the river and spring tides coming up the river, add a south westerly gale and you could have flooding in some areas, but this is rare as we all know.... welshmen

8:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

foxy3rd says...

Personally I think the council made a massive mistake in not raising the river banks higher than they did when they did the riverside walks.
It was the ideal time and would have been that much cheaper with work already going on. On monday morning the water was only just below the walkway,a massive shortsighted mistake.
Personally I think the council made a massive mistake in not raising the river banks higher than they did when they did the riverside walks. It was the ideal time and would have been that much cheaper with work already going on. On monday morning the water was only just below the walkway,a massive shortsighted mistake. foxy3rd

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