EA attacked over plan not to conduct draining in the Somerset Levels
Studies showed dredging two main rivers could have reduced flooding
Government blamed for removing flood protection from priorities list
By GERRI PEEV
PUBLISHED: 23:38, 2 February 2014 | UPDATED: 00:31, 3 February 2014
Environmental quangos have been accused of being more concerned about animal habitats than the dangers of flooding after a failure to dredge rivers.
The Environment Agency has come under fire over its controversial plan not to conduct draining in the flood-prone Somerset Levels, on the advice of Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
It emerged yesterday that the agency had carried out studies which showed dredging the Levels’ two main rivers could have significantly reduced flooding.