LiveSomerset storms: canoe duo in dramatic escape

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  • Around 240 homes in the South-West still without power
  • Thousands more are reconnected
  • Rains expected to return tomorrow

8:41pm

5:48pm

THIS photo shows the Langport duo (see 5.18pm update) making their way to safety. PHOTO: Elliot Watson

Yeovil Express:

5:30pm

WESTERN Power Distribution says only 240 homes in the South-West are now without power.

5:18pm

THIS dramatic photo taken this afternoon shows two men grabbing onto a bridge in Somerset for dear life after their canoe capsized.

The incident happened on the River Parrett at Langport at about 3pm (more details below). PHOTO: Elliot Watson

Yeovil Express:

 

Elliot Watson, who took the photo said: "Two guys were out canoeing on the River Parrett and its surrounded flooded areas at Langport in Somerset today when they headed into the main flow and realised it was too strong to paddle out of.

"They drifted towards the foot bridge opposite Shakspeare Glass and Arts, where their canoe turned sideways and capsized.

"Fortunately the two guys managed to grab hold of the bridge and pull themselves to safety."

4:07pm

AN auction yeseterday at Sedgemoor Auction Centre supported farmers in Moorland who have been forced to leave their flooded farms.

For every dairy cow, store bullock or stirk sold, the partners of Greenslade Taylor Hunt donated £1; for every calf sold they donated 50p and for every sheep, 25p.  

4:04pm

THIS video shows damage to the road surface near Ilminster Cemetery.

3:36pm

3:34pm

THE giant Dutch pumps installed on the banks of the River Parrett at Bridgwater have been temporarily switched off - because they were damaging the river bank.

The 13 pumps should be switched back on tomorrow.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "The decision was taken to stop for a short period to stabilise the bank so we can restart pumping on Monday.

"We also have used this opportunity to move the pipes further into the estuary to minimise further damage."

 

3:27pm

THE number of homes without power in the South-West has been reduced to 900, says Western Power Distribution.

1:11pm

AMY says: "Bethany has spent the last 48 hours providing much needed tea and coffee, walking volunteers around the the properties that need help and taking hundreds of photos for people that will both act as a memory of the event and as evidence, should they be needed, for insurance claims."

PHOTO: Bethany Branson

Yeovil Express:

 

1:08pm

Yeovil Express:

These photos were taken by Amy Branson's 11-year-old daughter Bethany.

Yeovil Express:

 

1:00pm

AMY Branson has emailed in to describe the situation in the hamlet of Chadmead, near North Newton, and the superb response of volunteers from the likes of FLAG - the Flooding on the Levels Action Group.

Amy writes: "I was hoping that you would be able to raise some awareness of our flooding plight.

"Despite all appearing calm and normal in the village of North Newton, barely a mile past the middle of the village, the hamlet of Chadmead has been battling the fllods for weeks now.

"In a hamlet of 12, half of the properties have now been flooded and people have evacuated.

"The remaining six properties are fighting day and night to save their homes.

"Luckily on Thursday, late evening, we were visited by, the now famous,  Ravi Singh and some of the FLAG team delivering much needed sandbags.

"On Friday, when things were getting very dicey we were lucky to have many FLAG volunteers and many (non-Somerset) Environmental Agency staff who were all absolutely amazing.

"They spent all day providing sandbags and sandbagging properties and provided much needed morale to residents.

"Again yesterday after a shout out by my sister on the FLAG Facebook page we were presented with more volunteers, sandbags, pumps, dumper trucks and more.

"Without these people more properties, yesterday, would have gone under.

"One volunteer (Shane) even returned after helping all afternoon, to man an elderly couple's pump overnight.

"It is humbling that we live in a county that is so giving and has so many selfless people to help out."

11:47am

THE weather really has been doing all sorts in Somerset.
 

11:34am

HOMEOWNERS have been warned of the dangers of fuel tanks being damaged or moved by deep floodwater.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says if tanks containing liquid petroleum gas are damaged and come into contact with an ignition source, there is a risk of "an extremely serious explosion".

And if tanks containing heating oil are damaged, there is a pollution risk.

Station manager Kevin Hardwill said: “We realise that people affected by flooding have got a lot to deal with at the moment, but we are giving this warning because there is a risk of a serious incident occurring.

“We would urge people to check that tanks or containers attached to their homes or on their premises are secure.”
Anyone with concerns should call the police non-emergency number on 101.

11:25am

PICTURED is one of the dozen 4x4 vehicles Avon and Somerset Police have hired to use on the Somerset Levels. 

Yeovil Express:

11:01am

10:59am

10:35am

AND here's some more unwelcome news from the Met Office:

"Another spell of rain is expected across southwest England during Monday.

"This is not expected to be as prolonged or heavy as in recent days but still has the potential to exacerbate existing flooding problems given the saturated state of the ground.

"The public should be aware of this possible further flood risk and disruption to transport."

10:10am

THERE could be another hazard for motorists to watch out for, however.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice throughout the region.

10:05am

NO new flood warnings have been issued for our region today.

The same two severe flood warnings are in place - at Salt Moor and North Moor, and from East Lyng to Burrowbridge.

The Environment Agency has a further 20 flood warnings for the rest of the region.

9:34am

WESTERN Power Distribution gave this update a short time ago:

"We have around 2,500 customers without power in the South West.

"Normal operation has returned to South Wales, West and East Midlands.

"We anticipate to have supplies in the South West restored during Sunday.

"Since Friday evening, we have restored approximately 148,000 customers' power supplies.

"All faults are currently being worked on and restorations are continuing in the South West."

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4:07am 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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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: -8

2:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Blue Owl 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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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
Who is this Bufoon, from the Socialist Party, it was his Labour Mates over the Last 13 years before the Last Ekection, that has created the Minus Figure in the Treasury Reserves, despite The Chancellor Prudence Brown, inability to understand that if as any one knows !!!!!
Spend More than you Collect in Revenue = Bankruptcy, Good job that the Previous Conservative Government Left the Country in a Financially Good State B4 Labour Came to Power. Blair, could sell all our Countries Gold Reserves, at rock Bottom Prices, the Financiers in Luxembourg.
Were very pleased to snap up the Bargain Gold @ 25% of its Market Value.
Very Prudent Mr Brown, no wonder you are writing your Memoirs in Scotland.

So, to the Somerset Socialist Party, when there is not enough money in the economy, then Austerity measures have to be Adopted, we are finally getting some return to the Balance Sheets needed. For a stable economy.

Have you ever wondered as to why your philosophy as Communist is not more widely supported, I have, because as a Formula for Economic Growth, there is no Substance, and certainly very little Support.........
David L Preece
Blue -Owl.
[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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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]Who is this Bufoon, from the Socialist Party, it was his Labour Mates over the Last 13 years before the Last Ekection, that has created the Minus Figure in the Treasury Reserves, despite The Chancellor Prudence Brown, inability to understand that if as any one knows !!!!! Spend More than you Collect in Revenue = Bankruptcy, Good job that the Previous Conservative Government Left the Country in a Financially Good State B4 Labour Came to Power. Blair, could sell all our Countries Gold Reserves, at rock Bottom Prices, the Financiers in Luxembourg. Were very pleased to snap up the Bargain Gold @ 25% of its Market Value. Very Prudent Mr Brown, no wonder you are writing your Memoirs in Scotland. So, to the Somerset Socialist Party, when there is not enough money in the economy, then Austerity measures have to be Adopted, we are finally getting some return to the Balance Sheets needed. For a stable economy. Have you ever wondered as to why your philosophy as Communist is not more widely supported, I have, because as a Formula for Economic Growth, there is no Substance, and certainly very little Support......... David L Preece Blue -Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

2:32pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Blue Owl 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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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
Who is this Bufoon, from the Socialist Party, it was his Labour Mates over the Last 13 years before the Last Ekection, that has created the Minus Figure in the Treasury Reserves, despite The Chancellor Prudence Brown, inability to understand that if as any one knows !!!!!
Spend More than you Collect in Revenue = Bankruptcy, Good job that the Previous Conservative Government Left the Country in a Financially Good State B4 Labour Came to Power. Blair, could sell all our Countries Gold Reserves, at rock Bottom Prices, the Financiers in Luxembourg.
Were very pleased to snap up the Bargain Gold @ 25% of its Market Value.
Very Prudent Mr Brown, no wonder you are writing your Memoirs in Scotland.

So, to the Somerset Socialist Party, when there is not enough money in the economy, then Austerity measures have to be Adopted, we are finally getting some return to the Balance Sheets needed. For a stable economy.

Have you ever wondered as to why your philosophy as Communist is not more widely supported, I have, because as a Formula for Economic Growth, there is no Substance, and certainly very little Support.........
David L Preece
Blue -Owl.
[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 (echoed locally and most vocally here in Somerset, by ex- Tory councillor, David Preece aka Blue Owl), 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, 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]Who is this Bufoon, from the Socialist Party, it was his Labour Mates over the Last 13 years before the Last Ekection, that has created the Minus Figure in the Treasury Reserves, despite The Chancellor Prudence Brown, inability to understand that if as any one knows !!!!! Spend More than you Collect in Revenue = Bankruptcy, Good job that the Previous Conservative Government Left the Country in a Financially Good State B4 Labour Came to Power. Blair, could sell all our Countries Gold Reserves, at rock Bottom Prices, the Financiers in Luxembourg. Were very pleased to snap up the Bargain Gold @ 25% of its Market Value. Very Prudent Mr Brown, no wonder you are writing your Memoirs in Scotland. So, to the Somerset Socialist Party, when there is not enough money in the economy, then Austerity measures have to be Adopted, we are finally getting some return to the Balance Sheets needed. For a stable economy. Have you ever wondered as to why your philosophy as Communist is not more widely supported, I have, because as a Formula for Economic Growth, there is no Substance, and certainly very little Support......... David L Preece Blue -Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: -1

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