Nature sends a message

A correspondent writes:

Just three weeks [correction two weeks] after the unanimous EDDC Planning Committee decision to grant planning permission for the Lower Otter Restoration Project, South Farm road flooded, as did the Budleigh Salterton cricket pitch and pavilion. The result of overnight rainfall from storm Christophe.

As a passer-by remarked to this correspondent: “Yet again”. 

To understand why this happens you only have to look at the current Google Earth image of the northern end of “Big Banks” to see how “permeable” these 200 year old earth embankments have become.

Once the water gets inside the embankments, the historic flood plain, it takes time to drain as the the cricket field is now one metre below the level of the estuary.