Flood waters

The rain, soft yet insistent, continued without abatement for days, weeks, the ground becoming saturated, the structure of the soil waterlogged as the water table rose. Across the region the streams and rivers draining the vast catchment areas of the moors were swollen as the downpour, with nowhere else to go, poured into fast flowing torrents. As the rate of flow increased so did the speed of erosion, dirt, mud, gravel, stones washed down with the tempestuous water, banks undercut, tree roots undermined as the beds of the rivers began to clog.

“It was inevitable” the news reports said, hiding the years of mis-management and underinvestment, the failure to dredge the lower river channels, to keep the upper courses clear. The memories of the disasters of the 1950’s, the flash floods that destroyed communities, the lessons that were never learned. The banks burst, unable to control the surge, the high street inundated, lives ruined by the tide of sludge and slurry, the repercussions devastating…



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Im 46, autistic and vocal about it, a specialist autism mentor in higher education, embarking on my MEd in adult autism, autistic advocate and campaigner, writer and co-founder of asP - the autism strategy partnership #differentnotdamaged #askaboutasP

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