Dredging could be alternative
REGARDING the recent article in the Echo highlighting the proposed flood defences along the length of the Exe, surely rather than spend an absolute fortune building defence walls and banks to contain the rising waters and allow more capacity, it would make far more sense to actually dredge the river from the Cowley Bridge area right through to the Exe estuary mouth.
As many people are aware, many parts of the Exe can almost be walked across at normal flow – including under the Exe Bridges.
Getting the river bed and flow back to what it was many years ago would increase capacity dramatically, and dredging and moving the large deposits of sand etc now built up between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren would allow the volumes of water to actually get out of the estuary, and not back up.
I appreciate this will receive comments among conservationists, and I have great sympathy with this, but nature very soon rectifies these things and it does not take long to re-establish its foothold.
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Obviously for commercial reasons there are areas which have to be avoided, but surely dredging has to be better than ruining what is a lovely area along the river and Quay with the building of large banks and, in particular, walls.