United Kingdom: We’re letting our flood defences down

Telegraph: It was not just superstition, it seems, that led the Romans to sacrifice a local lamb and consult its liver before starting a building project. If the organ was discoloured, it would suggest the presence of liver flukes, which live in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. We could take a leaf from their precautionary book, as the disaster in Brisbane testifies. The last severe floods, in 1974, produced a greater inundation but swamped far fewer homes: 6,700 as against at least 26,000. The......

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