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Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 1:41 AM


Didn't see another thread on this. Hoping that all of our British friends are high and dry!

Surreyman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 2766)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 4:03 AM

I don't think any of us are in Cumbria.
But it's a xxxxxxx mess up there, of course. Casualties are few - one tragic loss of a policeman. But over 100 bridges down, I believe, many homeless, and a hard road ahead.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 4:04 AM

The floods are in the far north west of the country, in Cumbria. I am just outside London, so fine thanks. There's a hell of a lot more rain due today (Monday), but at the moment the thinking is that things should be OK. Bridges are down, schools are closed, and houses are ruined. We have excellent emergency services, and the army are assisting. The government has pledged money, and you now us Brits with our stiff upper lips. Only one death, and that was a policeman. We have to be glad about that. (Only one death i mean, not that it was a copper). Thanks for showing concern.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 4:12 AM

My sincere good wishes for a respite from the flooding and rain in England. We have our weather woes and am sorry to hear of Cumbria's plight. I hope the people get shelter and rebuild and I know that you brits are a sturdy stock. Best Wishes, Steph

Pennwoman  (Level: 151.8 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 10:41 AM

I had to be rescued from my car, during Hurricane Ivan...... I can't begin to imagine how horrible it would be flooded and to lose so much....... I was so fortunate, that the water fell as fast as it rose, and that I only had car damage.... I considered leaving my car, but thought it would be foolish, and the wonderful local fire company saved me, I am so grateful for them. My thoughts and prayers are for those in the UK who are going through such a devastating event.

Jeannette  (Level: 109.5 - Posts: 1736)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 2:16 PM

it is awfull for them i lived near there years ago it was a very friendly community they made us very wellcome .I hope they get lots of help i have been watching events unfold on tv the big worry is bridges some have collapsed and others have been deemed unsafe.makeing what would have been a five minite journey into 40 minites or more . business have been hit hard too as meny are just family run ,

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 3:46 PM

It is beautiful and (for us) mountainous countryside. It comes with a price. It's happened elsewhere in our country, and we have sorted it. We will make things right in Cumbria too. We are fighting climate change, i fear the fight will only get tougher.

Irishpainter  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 224)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 4:34 PM

The trouble with living on the western coast of Europe is that we here in Ireland get most of the bad weather first before any of our friends do in Great Britain so we are getting it a hell of a lot worse than thoses across the water. Our second city Cork has been flooded for the last week with the main University UCC have had to suspend lectures for the foreseeable future. There are parts of the city under 6-8 feet of water with no respite in sight. There is major flooding in the midlands around Athlone, Ballinasloe, Craughwell, Loughrea and Gort and Ennis. Some places again under 6-8 feet of water if not more. My own city Limerick is flooding tonight and authorities have warned people to avoid traveling unless it is essential. Even the field across from my own house is in full flood and we have sand bags at the ready just in case thing get worse, which could happen after tomorrow because we have another day of rain forecast .

Here's a link from RTE showing pictures from around the country of the flooding

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 10:07 PM

The pictures are so frightening. You and yours stay safe, Irishpainter, and keep in touch so we know how you are faring.

Surreyman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 24th Nov '09 6:30 AM

Just an update on some of the above.
Cumbria does in fact have the heaviest rainfall, normally, of the whole of England anyway. But here they had a month's normal rainfall overnight. The systems just can't cope with that!
This is, in fact, the famous Lake District - a term USians might more recognise. One of the main rivers that has gone wild is the Derwent (re the famous Derwent Water lake that all tourists to the area know).
One village's bridges going down turned a minute's walk into a 2-hour car drive to get to essential services the 'wrong' side of the river!
Water, stupidly, is one problem. The fresh water pipes often cross bridges, of course. Now, hoses are being rigged across the rivers.
But, although horrible for those suffering, this is fairly small scale stuff in terms of population & area.

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