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post #11 of 35 Old 02-12-2014, 10:26 PM
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Wow! I haven't heard anything about this on the news. Terrible. I can't imagine being flooded for so long. Good luck to all.
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Wow! I haven't heard anything about this on the news. Terrible. I can't imagine being flooded for so long. Good luck to all.
I'm a little surprised that it hasn't made the news at all

80,000 homes without power after further storms (wind) last might.

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Wow, does it flood like that very often?

I know the Mississippi River floods like that every 4-5 years it seems

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Apparently it did happen in 1946 (before my time ) BBC News - Flood misery in Thames Valley as history repeats itself
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That is all just heartbreaking. It seems like the weather last year and this year has been crazier than usual all over the world. I hope this weather eases up across the pond for you all and things can get back to normal.
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I read a blog with many English members and they are saying some of the severity and damage is due to land use laws and environmental policy. Land use laws as in housing over traditional flood plains. Main environmental policy issue is they decided back in the 90's it's bad to dredge the rivers, what happens when a river silts up and you get a lot of rain? Worse flooding. Guess there's a quote from one of the countries politicians saying they trusted the Environmental Agency on the dredging issue because they were supposed to be the experts and now they know they are not.
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I'm a little surprised that it hasn't made the news at all

80,000 homes without power after further storms (wind) last might.
Yes, so am I. How is it that we hear about floods in the US, Japan, China, Central Europe... lots of places, but not the UK and so extensive
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Don't worry, the Mother Country has made the news here in Australia

Hope our UK/Ireland members are staying fairly dry and that their ponies are too.

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post #18 of 35 Old 02-13-2014, 11:06 PM
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I'm a little surprised that it hasn't made the news at all

80,000 homes without power after further storms (wind) last might.
It has been in the news tons here, don't feel neglected.

I do feel for you all - the spring before we came here it rained for 60 days nonstop and I remember well how miserable I was.

And I sympathise about the mud that you must be enduring too.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #19 of 35 Old 02-14-2014, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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And I sympathise about the mud that you must be enduring too.

As I live on a hill , the mud is the only real problem so we are lucky (apart from getting to some local places as the roads are flooded)
But my horses live out 24/7 and it is miserable.

Another storm today due with 80 -90 mph winds on the coast.
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With this exceedingly heavy continuous rain, flooding is inevitable. What had made this worse is that the rivers have not been dredged in years. It use to be done by the Water Board but since that national company was sold off and privatised, the companies have not done it and the duty has fallen to the Dept. Of the Environment.

Fact is that the ground is so drenched that water is coming out of the ground. One man, whose house was a couple of feet above the flood had pulled a floorboard up to find two or three inches of water under the floor.

I have only ever helped clear one house that had been flooded with rainwater and it was a mess with silt and dead animals in there. These people in the more urban areas have also raw sewerage floating around.

It is throwing it down with rain at the moment, high winds coming in again. I am in no danger of flooding (unless the roof gets blown away!) but keep thinking of those who are suffering.

One thing I will say, the rural communities will pull together and help each other. One farmer with 500 ewes to start lambing is now flooded, had nowhere to put them as his barns are under water. Within a couple of hours other farmers, out of the area had arrived with wagons and taken the ewes to lamb them.
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