CCC193: And All the Land Was Tidy and Paved

It all began one hot summer.

The grasses browned and crisped; people trod the dried grasses and rubbed them away.

Next year the grasses tried to grow but…you know how it goes.

Two hot and dry summers later, the parish council said, “Let’s pave the area, it doesn’t grow grass and the wind is eroding it.”

Where had been earth, where had been grass, now was concrete.

That autumn the rain never stopped. Rain, rain, rain. Five years of rain all in two months, they said.

But concrete doesn’t absorb in the way of grasses grown in earth. And so the flood began.

In the aftermath of the “Beast from the East”

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10 Responses to CCC193: And All the Land Was Tidy and Paved

  1. Sadje says:

    This is a sad story

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    • But this is why we’re having so many floods in England, and probably Europe too. We’ve paved the land. Though I’m not sure it applies to this particular shot. As a kid I remember this area frequently flooding with the spring melts, which is what this is. But we don’t have the depth of winters snows that we used to have, so this was a one-off

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  2. Dale says:

    Why did I sense a sort of doom when they decided to pave it?
    The Beast from the East came before the grasses died and started this whole thing?

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Beast from the East was a period of high winds from Russia, heavy with snow. When the snow melted the land flooded. This particular flood is not the result of paving. But over recent years England has suffered increasing numbers of flood…because of paving. And all that concrete radiates the heat so we get record temperatures in built up & industrial areas.
      I’ll get off my soapbox now

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  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Truth has a bitter taste

    Liked by 1 person

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