DaveT are you incapable of empathy?
Flooded out - blame the victim?
To satisfy my own curiosity, that pic was from 2012, and was due to an underground culvert collapsing in Tyne Tees.
Edit: 1 minute too late.
due to an underground culvert collapsing during high flood waters.
my feet are dry!
fine here though we arent too far from the thames, fortunately up and away enough to be ok
the EA website shows that large parts of london however are at risk, im assuming that its protected by the barrier though rather than upstream water?
Some interesting points made here but the people turning this into a political debate of any kind are ridiculous. Sadly the media and thus politicians seem to be following suit and we will all end up worse off be it through diverted investment in other services, higher taxes or higher insurance premiums.
You would probably have to change 300 years of history to address current and future flooding issues.
- Forest clearing for agriculture
- Decrease in green spaces everywhere
- Building on flood plains
- Slow adoption of SUDS and grey water recycling in new developments
- Constant urge for more affordable houses (at any cost)
- Under investment / poor investment in flood infrastructure
- Climate change (and all associated causes!)
But by far the biggest is the sheer amount of rain. Something which could happen in any year.
The suggestion that other countries cope with bigger rainfall is mis-direction. Land forms naturally to cope with the local climate so wetter countries will cope with wetter weather.
I'd be interested to know which of these western countries build flood infrastructure to cope with 1 in 250 year events!? I don't expect many, if any.
we survived and last night was the first night without any generators and pumps running... today the road is slightly damp... but basically irrelevent.
It took until Friday to get any assistance, then all of a Sudden we had the Army, the fire brigade, the Highways guys and just people everywhere.
we spent a relative fortune on hiring pumps, paying for fuel and keeping the water at bay.
It was possibly the most frustrating few days of my entire life and certainly some of the toughest, doing shifts through the night with the pumps, cold, dark and wet, watching the water levels rise despite the fact we were pumping 20,000 gallons of water PER HOUR !!!! Yes really... that's an average fuel tanker every 2 hours being pumped away from the houses.
We had people who were amazing and people who should be burned in the street. We had abuse from people for blocking the road, people complaining about the noise from the pumps and people just basically not grasping the whole concept that if our road was to flood, it then floods down the next bit into their homes, into the village pub, into the shop and the post office, then into the electrics and we all lost power (as did 2 other villages next to us)... depite this, they were still angry at us for making them divert about 100m out of their way to get to the shop...
It's times like this you learn a lot about yourself. I coped well on the outside and at times fell apart on the inside. The feeling of being helpless to stop it, despite doing everything within your power is just not a nice place to be. The feeling that SOMEONE must have a better plan... somewhere... but it seemed for a long time they never...
I'm very glad to be able to be sitting in the office today... it's so so nice.
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