Somerset storms latest: thousands without power

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  • 9,000 homes in South-West without power
  • Amber warning for wind in South-West
  • Yellow warning for rain

9:30pm

THERE are now around 6,000 households in the South-West without power, Western Power Distribution says.

5:34pm

DIANNE Forward writes in to say how a community near Chard has pulled together today to clear a weather-related problem.

She writes: "A large tree brought down by storms last night completely blocked a small road into Purtington near Cricket St Thomas today.

"A couple of phone calls got several residents including a local farmer with a tractor and the right equiptment, the owner of the tree with another tractor etc, a councillor with muscle power and of course a few helpful females and soon the offending tree was reduced to big/little twigs and very large logs.

"Team work can bring otherwise normally busy people together and I know the owners of the tree were very grateful to all concerned. 

"Getting to grips with a problem in a small community shows that helping and looking out for each other is still very important."

5:08pm

 

 

2:51pm

2:49pm

FIREFIGHTERS were sent to Duke Street, in Wembdon, near Bridgwater, earlier, where some loose roof tiles on a home were posing a safety risk.

2:10pm

WE have been told this afternoon's event to sort aid donations for flood victims (see 10.29am) will NOT be taking place at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton.

 

1:17pm

Road information concering West Somerset (updated at 3.50pm yesterday)

  • A358 Wiliton to Taunton – Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
  • A39 Minehead to Wiliton - Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
  • A39 Williton to Nether Stowey – Various areas of flooding. Road open, passable with care.
  • Doniford Road, Williton – flooding – passable with care
  • Stream Road, Wiliton – flooding – road closed
  • Sampford Rocks, Sampford Brett – landslip – road closed
  • Dyche Road, Holford – flooding – road closed

1:15pm

Road closures affecting Taunton Deane, updated 3.51pm yesterday:

  • Lowton Road, Pitminster – Large oak tree fallen across road, team on way.
  • Ruishton has been flooded since early Wednesday (5 February) morning.
  • Cheats Corner near Ruishton and Creech St Michael – flooded and impassable
  • Ham area – flooded and impassable
  • West Sedgemoor Road, near Hellands Mead, North Curry –closed
  • Tarr Road, Lydeard StLawrence – closed
  • Lydeard St Lawrence – West Leigh Lane – closed
  • New Road/Moor Lane, North Curry – closed
  • Cutts Road, East Lyng (to Athelney) – closed
  • Burrowbridge to Huntworth – flooding – closed
  • A361 East Lyng to Burrowbridge – closed
  • Burrowbridge to Stathe – flooded but passable with care
  • Stathe to Oath – flooded – 4×4 only
  • Shepherds Drove, Burrowbridge – closed
  • Knapp – closed
  • Lower Henlade – passable

1:13pm

Road closures affecting South Somerset:

  • A372 Pibsury, closed since 23 December and remains closed
  • All roads to Muchelney, Thorney closed since 24 December and remain closed
  • Oath, closed since the week of 6 January and remains closed
  • Long Load Bridge, B3165 closed since 24 December and remains closed
  • A372 Othery to Aller – closed
  • Two Tower Lane, Stoford – Flooded and impassable
  • Broadway Road, Broadway – Flooded and impassable
  • B3168, Puckington Road – Passable with care
  • B3168, Puckington Road, near Ilminster Cemetery/Higher Beacon – closed
  • A358, Donyatt – River levels rising, surface water now on highway. Passable with care.
  • Stibbear Lane/Crock Street, Donyatt – Flooded and impassable
  • Yeovil Road, Chilthorne Domer – Flooding but passable with care
  • Thorney Road, Kingsbury Episcopi – carriageway impassable due to flooding, 4×4 vehicles only

1:11pm

HERE is a rundown on the latest weather-related road closures, from Somerset County Council, updated around 11am today.

Sedgemoor 

  • Lane closure, A38 dual carriageway at Dunball – Environment Agency (EA) installing additional pumps.
  • A361 Burrowbridge to East Lyng – still closed due to flooding.
  • Roads in and around Moorland, nr North Petherton – Flooding to roads and properties remains. Main road to Moorland now closed but is passable with care. A large number of ramps in carriageway to accommodate pumps. Access is being managed by the Police. Evacuation of properties continues.
  • Marsh Lane, Huntworth – passable with care
  • Ward Lane, Chedzoy between Chedzoy and Stawell – closed due to flooding.
  • Bullhorn Drove, Westonzoyland – closed due to flooding.
  • Ruggs Drove (Fowlers Plot), Chedzoy – closed due to flooding
  • A372 Langport Road (Seven Bends) from Othery to Aller –  Road closed due to flooding and EA works. Additional advanced signs have been put out. Large pump brought in by EA is at work.
  • Tuxwell Lane, Spaxton – road passable with care.
  • Banklands, North Newton – surface water present but passable with care
  • Fordgate, Moorland – one access route closed due to flooding. The other access route has surface water but is passable with care.
  • Rookscastle, Broomfield – road closed due to flooding
  • Middlezoy Road (Place Drove), Middlezoy – Road flooded, passable with care but situation improving
  • Holloway Road, Middlezoy – Road flooded but passable with care
  • Liney Road, Westonzoyland – Road passable with care. Pumping of water ongoing.
  • Bonson Road, Stockland Bristol – Flood damage to verge and carriageway, passable with care
  • Ashford Lane, Spaxton – Road flooded but passable with care
  • Perry Green Road, Wembdon – passable with care
  • Tuckerton Lane, North Petherton – Road flooded and damage to edges but passable with care
  • Park Lane, Goathurst -Road flooded but passable with care
  • Moorlinch Road, Moorlinch – Localised flooding but passable with care
  • Woolavington Road, Puriton – Localised flooding but passable with care
  • Edbrook Lane, Cannington – Road closed due to flooding
  • North Lane, Othery has been closed since 8.30am (Saturday 15th) due to a fallen tree bringing down power lines. Waiting for Western Power to attend before work can be done to clear the road.

12:25pm

WESTERN Power Distribution says 9,000 homes across the South-West are without power.

Yeovil Express: Power cut hits city centre

12:17pm

12:16pm

12:14pm

THE number of severe flood warnings in place in the South-West has dropped from six this morning to two.

However, the remaining severe flood warnings are those in Somerset, at Salt Moor and North Moor, and from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.

The number of flood warnings has dropped from 55 to 22.

11:02am

A LANDSLIP near Ilminster Cemetery has caused the closure of The Beacon, between Beacon Lane and Mill Lane.

This tweet came from Robin Morrison yesterday.

 

10:47am

10:45am

10:29am

THE Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Cheddon Road, Taunton, has offered up its sports hall from 2.30pm to 4.30pm today to help sort out aid donations for flood victims.

Volunteers are invited to come along to help.

For more information, phone Stuart Smith on 07473-955109.

8:45am

 

8:37am

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says it handled over 200 calls about weather-related incidents yesterday.

Most related to trees falling onto roads or power cables coming down.

In one incident, two people and a cat were evacuated from a home in Saltmoor, near Burrowbridge.

8:34am

THE floods continue to cause major travel disruption.

Click here for the latest on the trains from First Great Western.

Pictured is the flooded line near Bridgwater 

(PHOTO: First Great Western)

Yeovil Express:

8:28am

HERE'S what the Met Office says about the dangers of wind:

"Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely in the Amber warning area with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along the most exposed parts of the south coast.

"Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning."

8:27am

THE Met Office's five-day weather map suggests there could be some respite after today.

Yeovil Express:

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8:42am Sat 15 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Looks like the defence work carried out @ Huntworth has been successful, let's hope the worst weather for the time being has passed. !!! Now the Dutch Pumps can shift the Millions of Tons of Water lying now on the Moors for the last 6- 8 weeks.
The fantastic efforts of the E Agency Engineers on the Ground, has been great, and appreciated by everyone, despite their Management, under Lord Chris Smith, being Proven To be Wrong, with the Non Dredging Policy, over the last 20 Years.
As the Song Goes " Now Is The Time To Say Goodbye". To Lord Chris Smith
Chairman of the Environment Agency Quan - GO !!! £1000.00 k a year, how many sandbags would that pay for !!!!????????
Do not feel, I'm being unfair, he still has his Peerage, the Expenses, the other Board Seats he is involved in, and on...........He just is Not Fit And Proper to be Head of the Disgraced E Agency.
Which, must be resized, powers reverting back to Local Drainage Boards, with the Finances to Carry out the Delayed Dredging and Desilting of the River Parrett.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl
Looks like the defence work carried out @ Huntworth has been successful, let's hope the worst weather for the time being has passed. !!! Now the Dutch Pumps can shift the Millions of Tons of Water lying now on the Moors for the last 6- 8 weeks. The fantastic efforts of the E Agency Engineers on the Ground, has been great, and appreciated by everyone, despite their Management, under Lord Chris Smith, being Proven To be Wrong, with the Non Dredging Policy, over the last 20 Years. As the Song Goes " Now Is The Time To Say Goodbye". To Lord Chris Smith Chairman of the Environment Agency Quan - GO !!! £1000.00 k a year, how many sandbags would that pay for !!!!???????? Do not feel, I'm being unfair, he still has his Peerage, the Expenses, the other Board Seats he is involved in, and on...........He just is Not Fit And Proper to be Head of the Disgraced E Agency. Which, must be resized, powers reverting back to Local Drainage Boards, with the Finances to Carry out the Delayed Dredging and Desilting of the River Parrett. David L Preece Blue- Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: 9

9:17am Sat 15 Feb 14

Hollow Willow says...

I totally agree with your views Blue Owl. Good to read that you refer to the flooded areas as the Moors since the Levels seem fairly dry in comparison.
I totally agree with your views Blue Owl. Good to read that you refer to the flooded areas as the Moors since the Levels seem fairly dry in comparison. Hollow Willow
  • Score: 5

7:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Baldbloke says...

Agreed too - I can't help thinking that if drainage management was left to local people who know the area and its natural and artificial drainage channels (and were permitted to manage them as they saw fit), that the crisis we are currently seeing may not have occurred. There are some things that London-based grandees can have no grasp of, whatever they may care to think, or their "expert" advice holds.

I have lived in both Burrowbridge and Stoke-St-Gregory and remember when the pumping station at Stathe was manned 24/7 by a local man who lived in a caravan on site. He would watch the water levels on the West Sedgemoor Drain and start up one or both of the big diesel pumps when required. Once operational, he would maintain them 24/7, applying lubricants etc when needed. I did it myself on a few occasions and have never forgotten being told that it was a case of snatching some sleep, get up and look after the pumps, then snatch more sleep until it was time time to do it all over again.

There was little or no reliance on technology, just local knowledge, years of experience and a big rake to keep clear the grids that stopped large debris entering the pumps. They didn't always get it right but I never saw the extent of flooding that has affected Somerset to the extent we see now.

Time to delegate local drainage management to local know-how!
Agreed too - I can't help thinking that if drainage management was left to local people who know the area and its natural and artificial drainage channels (and were permitted to manage them as they saw fit), that the crisis we are currently seeing may not have occurred. There are some things that London-based grandees can have no grasp of, whatever they may care to think, or their "expert" advice holds. I have lived in both Burrowbridge and Stoke-St-Gregory and remember when the pumping station at Stathe was manned 24/7 by a local man who lived in a caravan on site. He would watch the water levels on the West Sedgemoor Drain and start up one or both of the big diesel pumps when required. Once operational, he would maintain them 24/7, applying lubricants etc when needed. I did it myself on a few occasions and have never forgotten being told that it was a case of snatching some sleep, get up and look after the pumps, then snatch more sleep until it was time time to do it all over again. There was little or no reliance on technology, just local knowledge, years of experience and a big rake to keep clear the grids that stopped large debris entering the pumps. They didn't always get it right but I never saw the extent of flooding that has affected Somerset to the extent we see now. Time to delegate local drainage management to local know-how! Baldbloke
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Baldbloke great to see your post, interesting to read your thoughts and experience, much better than Bald Carl,s posts.
Blue-Owl
David L Preece
Baldbloke great to see your post, interesting to read your thoughts and experience, much better than Bald Carl,s posts. Blue-Owl David L Preece Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

5:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Baldbloke says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/science-enviro
nment-26023166

If the science is right, then we need to get used to it and build infrastructure accordingly. Doing nothing and allowing politicians to make the decisions affecting us is not an option.
http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/science-enviro nment-26023166 If the science is right, then we need to get used to it and build infrastructure accordingly. Doing nothing and allowing politicians to make the decisions affecting us is not an option. Baldbloke
  • Score: 0

3:31am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.
"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.

"Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010.

Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger.

There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue.

We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing.

The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people."
"The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country.

Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections.

The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels.

When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever".

Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%.

Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system."

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts. "Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010. Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger. There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue. We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing. The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people." "The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country. Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections. The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels. When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever". Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%. Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system." For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset;SocialistParty
  • Score: -1

12:06pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Hollow Willow says...

Somerset;SocialistPa
rty
wrote:
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.
"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.

"Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010.

Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger.

There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue.

We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing.

The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people."
"The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country.

Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections.

The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels.

When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever".

Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%.

Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system."

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o

rg.uk
How is it all the ConDem's faut? What did you socialists do to prevent climate change or flooding?

The fault is letting local Rural matters be run by distant lefty liberal bunny huggers that have a political so called environmental agenda that they wish to impose on people without their consent. Which is exactly how all socialists have carried out their doctrine and why all socialism has failed.
[quote][p][bold]Somerset;SocialistPa rty[/bold] wrote: Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts. "Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010. Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger. There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue. We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing. The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people." "The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country. Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections. The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels. When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever". Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%. Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system." For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk[/p][/quote]How is it all the ConDem's faut? What did you socialists do to prevent climate change or flooding? The fault is letting local Rural matters be run by distant lefty liberal bunny huggers that have a political so called environmental agenda that they wish to impose on people without their consent. Which is exactly how all socialists have carried out their doctrine and why all socialism has failed. Hollow Willow
  • Score: 1

7:05pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Hollow Willow wrote:
Somerset;SocialistPa

rty
wrote:
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.
"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.

"Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010.

Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger.

There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue.

We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing.

The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people."
"The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country.

Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections.

The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels.

When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever".

Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%.

Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system."

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o


rg.uk
How is it all the ConDem's faut? What did you socialists do to prevent climate change or flooding?

The fault is letting local Rural matters be run by distant lefty liberal bunny huggers that have a political so called environmental agenda that they wish to impose on people without their consent. Which is exactly how all socialists have carried out their doctrine and why all socialism has failed.
HollowWillow, Greeeeeeat, I like you and your Posts, distraught for the Jugular, !!!! Fantastic. Unfortunatly, I as a Former SDC /BTC, still have to Control My Personal Thoughts , Somewhat. So not able to be So Direct @ times.
As a former Elected Councillor, I spent many meetings Challenging, the E Agency, Policies, it's that Doctrine that they have followed, that's put our residents homes and Businesses under 4 foot of Water, for the Second year.
I'm now told they were offered these Dutch pumps 2 Months ago, from Holland.
Have just be out the Chedzoy, my late Granmothers Families Homes, her being the Eldest of the Fry, Clan.........I entered the Village from Bath Rd end, tried to leave to come to my place @ Dunwear !!!!! Oh , no the road out the Otherside of the Village to Westonzoyland is not visable, under a couple of foot of water, unable to see the Roads or Ditches, it's onslaught towards Bridgwater is creeping each day, now that the Environment Agency, have got their Planned loss of BurrowBridge to Save Bridgwater, how can we on the East Side, flood Zone 3 &3A be Free from the Waters egress.!!!!
What happens when the Water gets to the Westonzoyland Electricity Sub Station ??????.
Then the Motorway itself just Beyond, I do not see the water, levels falling at all, Westonzoyland is almost surrounded, on all sides.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Conservative and Proud to be Associated, with Iain L Grainger MP for Bridgwater and W. Somerset, also David Cameron. P. Minister.

Pleased to have NO Association with the communist party in Somerset !!!
[quote][p][bold]Hollow Willow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somerset;SocialistPa rty[/bold] wrote: Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers, while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts. "Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010. Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger. There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue. We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing. The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people." "The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, not two miles from my home town of Teignmouth, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country. Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections. The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels. When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever". Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%. Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system." For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk[/p][/quote]How is it all the ConDem's faut? What did you socialists do to prevent climate change or flooding? The fault is letting local Rural matters be run by distant lefty liberal bunny huggers that have a political so called environmental agenda that they wish to impose on people without their consent. Which is exactly how all socialists have carried out their doctrine and why all socialism has failed.[/p][/quote]HollowWillow, Greeeeeeat, I like you and your Posts, distraught for the Jugular, !!!! Fantastic. Unfortunatly, I as a Former SDC /BTC, still have to Control My Personal Thoughts , Somewhat. So not able to be So Direct @ times. As a former Elected Councillor, I spent many meetings Challenging, the E Agency, Policies, it's that Doctrine that they have followed, that's put our residents homes and Businesses under 4 foot of Water, for the Second year. I'm now told they were offered these Dutch pumps 2 Months ago, from Holland. Have just be out the Chedzoy, my late Granmothers Families Homes, her being the Eldest of the Fry, Clan.........I entered the Village from Bath Rd end, tried to leave to come to my place @ Dunwear !!!!! Oh , no the road out the Otherside of the Village to Westonzoyland is not visable, under a couple of foot of water, unable to see the Roads or Ditches, it's onslaught towards Bridgwater is creeping each day, now that the Environment Agency, have got their Planned loss of BurrowBridge to Save Bridgwater, how can we on the East Side, flood Zone 3 &3A be Free from the Waters egress.!!!! What happens when the Water gets to the Westonzoyland Electricity Sub Station ??????. Then the Motorway itself just Beyond, I do not see the water, levels falling at all, Westonzoyland is almost surrounded, on all sides. David L Preece Blue-Owl Conservative and Proud to be Associated, with Iain L Grainger MP for Bridgwater and W. Somerset, also David Cameron. P. Minister. Pleased to have NO Association with the communist party in Somerset !!! Blue Owl
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