Large parts of the north of the UK have been getting flooded since mid december. They're blaming the government for not providing adequate flood defences but when the houses are a few feet above the normal waterline, short of building huge levys which people would then moan about the loss of their beautiful view (when the weather's good), not sure what else can be done.
It would cost an absolute fortune to dredge the river from finish to start to allow for more water. If they decide to dig another river then the rural eco people would moan about it destroying natural habitat for wildlife. Do hope they stop getting flodded soon, Some areas of Scotland got hit yesterday and today.
When everything around you is going to pot, get out in the workshop.