Wednesday, 28 November 2012


The Causeway

The road across the moor was flooded today.

The notice boards that the Environment Agency added last year at either end of the road carried no warning. The depth indicators halfway along provided no additional information. (Hardly surprising since the lowest depth they can measure is about two feet.)

Still we all drove through. Slowly.

To the south stands a causeway. It was built in 1927 to provide an alternative route for precisely this type of occurrence. Too narrow for modern needs, today it's a footpath, with heavy locked gates to prevent misuse by cars.

By the end of the day, the road joined the causeway in being closed to traffic, but the latter at least remained dry.

One hundred years ago we dealt with the threat of floods by building causeways. Today we put up pointless signs. Something's got lost along the way.

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