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Good evening. A charity's encouraging more people
to plant trees as a way of helping to reduce the risk of flooding. The
Woodland Trust says trees can help the soil absorb more water, as well
as filtering it. In Holland, however, they've embraced much more
extreme measures to protect their towns. Here's our environment
correspondent David Gregory Kumar, who's been investigating whether
similar schemes would ever be adopted here.
Traditionally, the Dutch have always relied on a vast network of dykes to
protect themselves. But, following huge floods of 1995, the authorities
decided on a whole new plan of defence. And, now, in some parts of
Holland, they're deliberately lowering dykes to encourage
flooding. It sounds illogical, but it's all part of a cunning plan.
It's part of a ?1.8 billion project called Room For The River, taking
place at 34 locations across the Netherlands. The premise is simple
enough. By pushing the dykes back in certain specific areas, they're
creating more of an overflow for the river. So, now, when the water
reaches a critical level, it has a new flood plain to spill onto. But,
to create this space, the Dutch had to evict over 200 home owners and
farmers. To find out more, I've arranged to
meet Professor Nigel Wright, an expert in flood management.
What about radical solutions like in Holland? Could we do something like
that here? That's just the sort of thing we
should be looking at. There may be other measures, but we need to think
differently. What are the choices we have to
make? Widen the river? Displace farmers, shops businesses, people?
In some cases, that may be what needs to be done. And there has to
be a discussion. And, in the end, people will need to be compensated.
That would be popular with farmers. None of this is popular with
anybody. After our fourth major flood in 16
years, is it time to take the Dutch approach, and talk about radical new
ideas to protect the Midlands? You can see more on that story on
Inside Out, with Mary Rhodes, at 7.30pm tomorrow, here on BBC One.
The Environment Agency has now lifted all of its flood warnings for
the region. This was the picture in Worcester today, as the clean`up
continues. Compare that now to the situation a fortnight ago. Those
pictures are on the right of your screen, before the debris was
removed from the bridge. The Department Of Education has
confirmed it's investigating concerns about the way Park View
Academy School in Birmingham is being run. A report in The Sunday
Times says a former member of staff has claimed that non`Muslim staff
were being "sidelined", while female pupils are not allowed to be taught
PE by male teachers. The government says it will take action if the
school, which was rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted in 2012, is
found to have broken equality rules. Crew members from HMS Ledbury were
in Herefordshire today, for special reception and parade. It's only the
third time that the Navy has exercised its rights to march, since
it was granted the Freedom Of Ledbury in 2007. The mine`hunter,
which bears the town's name, is based in Portsmouth, and is the
second ship to be linked to the area.
It is very important the town marks this day, this affiliation goes back
50 years, and two warships. It is to say thank you to all the hard work
that the Navy does. The chairman of Kidderminster
Harriers Football Club has resigned, partly because of comments he's
received via email and social media. In a personal statement, Mark
Serrell, seen here in January, said he was stepping down because of
"vile and abusive attacks", while his wife has also resigned as a club
director. Staying with football, Aston Villa's
relegation worries continue, after they were beaten 1`0 by Newcastle
United in the Premier League. Loic Remy got the winner for the home
side, 90 seconds into second`half injury time. Villa's best chances
fell to Gabby Agbonlahor in the first half, but he failed to convert
any of them. The result leaves Villa in 13th, just four points clear of
the bottom three. The family of Joel Fearon from
Coventry say they're extremely proud of him, and the rest of his four`man
bobsleigh team, for finishing fifth at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Despite a very fast fourth heat, the team were pushed out of the medal
places in the last few runs of the competition. But his family say Joel
has come a long way through hard work and training to even be able to
compete at the Games. Shropshire's Ben Simons in GB two finished in
19th place. We want to say thank you to everyone
who supported us, even before we believed in ourselves. Two years
ago, we didn't dream we would be here.
Good evening, a fairly gloomy day. We will see sunshine tomorrow but we
will have to wait before we see that. Not a lot of change tonight.
Dry but a lot of cloud and breezy. Not particularly close `` called
tonight, down to six Celsius. Tomorrow, we will soon see the rain
pushing its way in. Slowly moving east through the day. Eventually, it
will dry up, the skies will brighten. The winds will ease down
with temperatures around 10 Celsius. Staying quite breezy this
week. Before we go, you might like to know
that we'll be launching our World War One At Home series, from
tomorrow, on Midlands Today, and every morning on your BBC local
radio station, as part of the BBC's commemorations of the centenary of
the First World War. I'll be back with more news just
after a 10.15pm tonight. But, Hello. Still no sign of the weather
really settling down next week. There should be an improvement for
most of us tomorrow. It will not be as windy as it has been today, and
the band of rain will slowly peter out. We still have some rain to come
through the night. This band of rain is quite slow moving, it will wander
northwards into Dumfries and Galloway. Close to Northern Ireland,
heavy rain in Cumbria and later in the night it will turn whether in
Wales and the south-west. Southerly wind, quite strong at the moment,
that will ease as the night goes on but it should be pretty mild, six or
seven degrees, typically. Tomorrow, we start with heavy rain, especially
over the hills, as it slips slowly eastwards so the rain tends to
become light and patchy. Buying it, we get some sunshine and maybe a few