Barrage needed

IN response to Neil Maher’s letter stating that dredging on the River Usk should be re-introduced, I say it would have little effect on the flooding of the river in the Newport/Caerleon areas and it is not the complete answer to Somerset’s recent problems.

The main issue is the high tides.

This means that no matter how deep the channels in the lower tidal reaches of the river, the tide will just fill the channels and prevent fresh water from escaping.

The only way to ensure non-flooding would be the building of a barrage across the estuary.

Not only might it provide electric generation, but as I understand it, the turbines could be reversed to pump out floodwater against the tide.

There has certainly been no flooding in the rivers Ely and Taff since the building of the Cardiff Bay barrage.

There was a time in the past when this used to happen with regularity.

A Bond Tramway Close Cwmbran

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:56am Thu 13 Feb 14

gathin says...

I should imagine the WAG are going to try and push this through on the back of the abysmal preparations by the EA ref the floods in the UK.
lots of back-handers will happen and the project will run massively over-budget and massively over-run on time.
There will be no penalties involved for the multi-national that carries out this project and the entire Welsh budget(from Westminster) will be spent on consultancy fees before the 1st hole is even dug.
This contract will go to a foreign multi-national and all the AMs will be made lords and dames.
Champagne all round then?
I should imagine the WAG are going to try and push this through on the back of the abysmal preparations by the EA ref the floods in the UK. lots of back-handers will happen and the project will run massively over-budget and massively over-run on time. There will be no penalties involved for the multi-national that carries out this project and the entire Welsh budget(from Westminster) will be spent on consultancy fees before the 1st hole is even dug. This contract will go to a foreign multi-national and all the AMs will be made lords and dames. Champagne all round then? gathin
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree