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Hester's Way pupils build snowmen to prevent flooding after Environment Agency advice

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

  • ALL HANDS ON DECK: From left, Alfie Britton 10, Tyeisha Dowding-Long, 10, Harry Lordan, 11, and Callum Dooner, 11, build a snowman

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WHEN the Environment Agency advised people to build snowmen to avoid flooding, the Echo challenged youngsters at one school to do their bit.

Many an eyebrow was raised this week when the Government body suggested snowmen could stop flooding during the current thaw.

Weather experts said compacted snow and ice in snowmen would melt more slowly than snow on the ground, meaning less surface water during the thaw. There were fields of snow surrounding St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Hester's Way, so the Echo asked pupils to get building to avoid a potential flood.

They were more than happy to oblige, with children flocking to the fields to make new flood-fighting snowy friends.

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Headteacher Charlotte Blanch said: "We always encourage our children to be environmentally friendly. Although the school is not in an area subject to flooding, if a few snowmen can slow the thaw down a bit, I am happy for the children to get involved.

"Our Year 3 and 4 pupils are currently learning about the frozen planet. Having had a visit from Polar explorer Philip Hayday-Brown on Wednesday, this is another element of their themed education learning about the impact of melting snow on the environment."

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