When was the River Neath last dredged?
The floods in Somerset are a warning to authorities who have neglected dredging their rivers, often due to financial considerations.
At one time the River Neath was dredged on a regular basis with due consideration to the sewage outfalls near the town centre, which build up silt over a period.
With the town of Neath lying in a valley, it is important that regular attention is given to river maintenance. The authorities must be prepared for flash flooding, which could happen at any time. What is happening in Somerset is a lesson that must be considered.