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Hadrian on the Somerset levels

The Romans knew that flood plains flood

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

22 February 2014

9:00 AM

Since the Somerset Levels are a flood plain, nature will flood it. Romans had no problems with that.

Much of Rome was low-lying and pretty marshy. The main drain — the cloaca maxima, only incidentally a sewer as well — was constructed early in Rome’s history to make the forum inhabitable. The 250-mile-long Tiber flooded every four or five years, with a big one every 25 years or so, not helped if water backed up from the sea.

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