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post #1 of 15 Old Jul 22nd, 2007, 7:43 am Thread Starter
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The water continues to rise

They are just closing the roads around us, so looks like our village will be an island.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/g...re/6910559.stm

http://www.thisisgloucestershire.com/

I've go plenty of water, and lots of rain water for flushing the loos, but with the whole water system flooded, there is no place for the poop to go to! We are lucky, our house is quite high up, but there are other folks who have already been flooded out.

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post #2 of 15 Old Jul 22nd, 2007, 8:38 am
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The news of your flooding has been on the news here, along with the flooding in the south of the USA. It has been a crazy year for weather, I never believed in global warming before but now find myself questioning it. Good luck with the floods. We have broken many rain records this past week here in the NW as well. May even have flooding here today which is totally unheard of this time of year.

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Not to bad right now, most roads are still open, but they have started to evacuate a few folks close to the water in houses a little lower than ours. Strangely, the rain has stopped and we are currently bathed in glorious sunshine.

Couple of pictures from a few hundred yards from the house. You can see the tops of the fence posts in the one picture. Don't think we will flood, but if the rains starts up agaian, we may get stuck here for a short time. The major problem now is drinking water. They say will will run out today, and could be without mains water for 72 hours, and there has been fighting in one of the supermarkets as people panic buy bottle water, what a bunch of idiots! why don't people remain calm?
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are you sure you aren't sinking, Mike? Is the water salty?

(I thought England was an island... just goes to show you what Public School can do for you.)

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are you sure you aren't sinking, Mike? Is the water salty?
My God! call the lifeboats, you're right! we are sinking.....Better get the airbeds from the loft and start huffin and puffin, maybe If I attached all of them to the bike she will float.

Latest, is the power distribution station in the far distance on one of the photos is being flooded, and has already switched off once today. Lots of firemen and police trying to shore up the banks and ensure that it doesn't get flooded because it feeds most of Gloucester city with power. I have Gas, candles and a tin of beans, but no can opener, but should be able to eat my way through the tin.

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Mike... you mean you don't have an air mattress pump??? Geez! Things are grim!

As for the "tin"... use your BMW pliers to peel off the joining ring!! Oh.. before you do that, hang the tin beneath the exhaust of your running LT for a bit...

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Sounds like you have a good attitude about it all, which helps. I'm very familiar with that area as we lived down in Newport for a few years, so the pictures are kind of surreal. I hope everyone pulls through it without any major catastrophes.

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Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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We're in an area that supposedly isn't affected (pah!) and our own home is on a hill, with sandy soil so the water soaks away quickly anyway. However, the roads at the bottom of the hill were all flooded at the weekend with torrents of water running down. Some really old stream beds that have been dry for decades are starting to flow again.

The biggest problem round here is all the rubbish washed onto the roads - rocks the size of your fist scattered liberally around, plus a truckload or twenty of sand and gravel. Nice for biking - not!

We're lucky - at least we still have power... Maybe those politicians will start to DO something? Oh, I forgot, they're on recess and by the time they get back the sun will be shining again and all will be forgotten until election time...
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Taken from the Gloucester Website:-
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Public health experts today warned of a potential toxic timebomb as rising floodwaters mixed with raw human sewage containing a cocktail of deadly bacteria.

Potentially lethal bugs including E Coli, Typhoid, Cholera and Cryptosporidium are all thriving as effluent, normally channelled underground, is forced up by the floodwater.

Ian Cluckie, Professor of hydrology and water management at Bristol University and chair of the UK's Flood Risk Management Research Consortium, urged people to avoid contact with the flood water.
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Just look at the Profs name! first thing I thought was the guy must be running around like a headless chicken!

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hahaha.. that's funny! "Cluckie"...

On a serious note, is you are "upstream" from the contaminated waters, it's less of an issue. New Orleans "flooded" and all the muck was stagnant... sadly, now you guys have something to compare it to.. the stench of politics.

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Hi Myk
Glad you're OK. Keep the bike safe (You did say you had a loft)
I might take a ride out tomorrow to see how we're doing down here.
They reckon Oxford will be hit soon. I was driving buses through there on a daily basis a couple of months ago.
The clear up will probably be the worst of it. Good luck


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Mike .... ABC news just did a report on your lil town OMG I thought we hade in bad here in Texas. Hope you are OK !!!!!!

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Mike .... ABC news just did a report on your lil town OMG I thought we hade in bad here in Texas. Hope you are OK !!!!!!
Had a high tide last night, and the water was within 15 mtrs of the house, we are fine. Took all the right precautions, ready with sand bags and have plenty of grey water for toliet flushing and lots of bottled water for drinking. We are very very lucky, there are folks a few hundred yards from us who have been flooded, but should not have lost anything as the services knew the water was going to rise over the banks and helped them to move belongings to the upper floors. I can't get over the number of Rubberneckers who just stand looking at the water? I guess they have nothing better to do. The Army and various other agencies have been working their butts off, and managed to keep the water out of a major electic sub-station feeding 500,000 homes, so most folks now have power again.
Tonight, I build a shower, last time I didn't have a shower for more than two days was back in 82 in the Falklands.

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Had a high tide last night, and the water was within 15 mtrs of the house, we are fine.
Pleased to hear that, Mike. Sounds like the water is now dropping, so I hope that is the end of your problems (next big problem is all the sand and other crap left on the road, when the water finally recedes totally - makes riding your LT 'interesting'!).

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Myk.. you have a great outlook... the waters will recede..

Not much we can do other than empathize and pray... you've got both..

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