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#161 Futtocks

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:04 PM

I do sometimes get annoyed with people complaining about a lack of help or sandbags, sometimes the complaints are justified, however if you live in a flood zone, how about buying some sandbags off ebay BEFORE the flood.

Because it's easier to nick someone else's sandbags, I'd guess...

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#162 longboard

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:13 PM

I won't argue about tree-bearing land soaking up water better than grassland and the sense of creating oxbow lakes to alleviate flooding, but those part-solutions take at least twenty years and millions of pounds to implement.

 

He's being disingenuous about English grouse moors though. The moors are vitally kept bare of forestation in order to provide clean freshwater catchment water for reservoirs. The reservoirs provide potable water for the great unwashed in the towns and cities at the feet of the moors. Providing shooting for the toffs is a side issue ... no other development would be permitted.

 

There is a lot of concern currently about the actions of grouse moor landowners et al in draining areas of blanket bog which can hold vast quantities of rainfall, to make the habitat better for red grouse, which is a red list species. The landowners receive subsidies/grants for their activities.*  Landowners, or the people who lease the land, can then receive income from the shooting rights to kill grouse. So the estates receive taxpayers money to develop maintain and develop grouse friendly habitats and they make money from the grouse being shot. What a swizz!

 

* Even landowners  who have been fined in the past for forms of environmental damage, cf the Walshaw Moor estate and other areas, and the lack of action by Natural England concerning damage in recent years;-

 

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#163 Steve May

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:28 PM

Bright and sunny in Leeds.

 

I'm off for a bit of a walk I think.  Get some fresh air.


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#164 gingerjon

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:33 PM

Bright and sunny in Leeds.

 

Proof positive that climate change is real and terrifying.


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#165 ckn

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:48 PM

The Met Office have just reported a recorded gust of wind in North Wales of 106mph.  :O


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#166 gingerjon

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:49 PM

The Met Office have just reported a recorded gust of wind in North Wales of 106mph.  :O

 

*inserts Eric Pickles flatulence joke*


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#167 Futtocks

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:58 PM

Very suddenly, the rain stops and we have blue skies and sunshine.

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#168 ckn

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

It's officially summer from tomorrow though, that's the start of the summer rugby season.


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#169 my missus

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:08 PM

"a red weather warning" a reporters nightmare phrase ;)


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#170 JohnM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:21 PM

The wind has just blown some plastic panels out of my greenhouse. I demand sandbags/army/ grant/compensation/PM resignation/EA Chairman resignation.



#171 JohnM

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

17.59  thunder, lightning and torrential rain in Hastings



#172 Padge

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:45 PM

M6 Closed at Thelwall Viaduct, M60 Closed at Barton Bridge, roof blown off Crewe Station, West Coast Main Line Closed Preston to Lancaster, 2,000 South Lancs homes without power, M62 closed to high sided vehicles, Isle of Man Ferries cancelled.

 

I think this bit of a breeze is causing a few minor problems in the North West.



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#173 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:14 PM

M6 Closed at Thelwall Viaduct, M60 Closed at Barton Bridge, roof blown off Crewe Station, West Coast Main Line Closed Preston to Lancaster, 2,000 South Lancs homes without power, M62 closed to high sided vehicles, Isle of Man Ferries cancelled.

 

I think this bit of a breeze is causing a few minor problems in the North West.

But I've heard it reported on the BBC?  I was assured that this never happens?


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#174 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:32 PM

Wind has seriously picked up here in Sintellins.  Two areas of the town have lost power (not my area - yet), chimneys have come off roofs in one street, damage to a primary school's roof, some trees have fallen down, and I'm sitting here in my attic room (third floor), rather nervous of the periodic shuddering I feel not to mention the slapping of roof tiles right above my head!

 

I bloody hate the wind!



#175 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:37 PM

Environment Agency staff are pulling out of Wraysbury after suffering abuse, according to Sky News citing the GMB union.

According to an article on the BBC website, they're back in again though.  I don't blame them for pulling out initially.  It's not like they made the rain and wind or filled the acquifers to bursting point is it?  They're doing their best under what must be terrible circumstances.



#176 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:38 PM

I saw this posted elsewhere:

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Dumfries hasn't flooded since then has it?



#177 Padge

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:03 PM

Dumfries hasn't flooded since then has it?

 

Dumfries has been flooded since the end of December last year.



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#178 Phil

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:13 PM

Dumfries has been flooded since the end of December last year.

 

 

Tory in ignorance shock!!!


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#179 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:26 PM

Dumfries has been flooded since the end of December last year.

Well, that's not what the newspapers are saying.  The last local report I can find on Google is this one:

 

http://www.dailyreco...-across-2974760

 

The river burst its banks after torrential rain.  Prior to that coastal areas in the Dumfries and Galloway region were flooded as a result of the tidal surge that happened just before Christmas.

 

The last report I read on flooding in Dumfries was on 3 January and it spoke about the clean up operation taking place.

 

Maybe Google is out of date?



#180 Saintslass

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:27 PM

Tory in ignorance shock!!!

Erm, perhaps you can enlighten me on all the places in the country which have flooded since, say, 2007?






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