To flood or not to flood? OT

Building houses in flood risk areas has caused residents and local councils to see rivers as "The Enemy." I hardly need add that this is usually the fault of the councils involved; especially those where there are families of builders wielding a maffia like control on such councils.
Seeing the damage that has been caused in the past by river floods is now being visited on the older properties, built in areas where floods never used to occur, what limit is there to the need for flood barriers?
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Branching off from such timely musings; what (besides hanging them from their highest buildings -preferrably by their own dangly bits) should be done with such rogue builders?
Too often there is an history of people meddling in get rich quick schemes building properties that lead to distress for the people they con. Isn't it time they were banned, along with their families, from applying for planninmg permission to build or alter any property in the UK?
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But flood barriers are partly responsible for the floods.
Water that would have spilled out over a flood plain, hung around for a bit, and later drained away slowly, is instead quickly carried downstream where it causes a higher peak than if the watercourse not been meddled with upstream. Hence flood barriers can simply move the problem elsewhere.
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