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Britain Under Water – The Flood Continues

Posted by cotojo on July 26, 2007

Britain is braced for more heavy rain today, compounding the effects of what is now the wettest early summer on record.

Aerial view of Tewkesbury

Figures from the Met Office today show that the period from May to July of this year, which has seen the worst flooding in modern times, was the wettest since records began in 1766 – even before the month is over.

Evesham 

There are also fears that subsiding waters could leave a legacy of disease. Forecasters warned that spells of heavy rain were again on the way today – including in areas already suffering the effects of the floods.

Tewkesbury an island

The Met Office figures show that 387.6mm of rain have already fallen across England and Wales. Forecasters said a band of heavy rain would move across central and southern England during the morning and early afternoon today. The worst of the day’s heavy rain is expected to fall south of the areas currently worst affected – with up to 30mm likely in parts of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

Upton on Severn

But communities in Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire were also in line for a heavy spell, with some parts the southern Cotswolds facing up to 20mm, Met Office forecaster Nigel Bolton said. But he added: “This particular spell of rain should go through relatively quickly for most places.”

Evesham

With Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirming that waters in Oxford had begun to subside, experts warned of the dangers of disease left behind.

Virus expert Dr Ken Flint of Warwick University has said the elderly, very young and infirm were at risk from potentially lethal bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella that would be left behind in the sludge. He said the health implications meant it was vital the hundreds of thousands of flood victims maintained a strict hygiene regime.

Floods expert Professor Ian Cluckie said: “People need to realise this is raw sewage they are walking around in.  “I’ve seen pictures of kids walking around in the flood water. For God’s sake don’t let them.”

Homes in Tewkesbury

Hundreds of thousands of new homes will be built on FLOOD PLAINS under plans announced yesterday. Future developments in high-risk areas were not ruled out as ministers pledged three million extra properties by 2020.  The announcement came as insurers revealed that 800 major projects went ahead against their advice last year alone.

The Government has vowed to over-rule councils who go against warnings.  But the scope of the planned explosion in homes across Britain means some will have to be built close to rivers.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper warned the floods should not be used as an excuse to “whip up hostility” to new housebuilding.  She said: “No one should be in doubt about the historic scale of this vision.”

More homes under water

Two people have died after trying to pump flood water out of a rugby club, the fire service said. The victims, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, were using a petrol-powered pump because they had no electricity and are thought to have been overcome by the fumes.

Meanwhile, flood-stricken communities are facing another day of chaos as they wait for the water levels to drop. There are also more than 340,000 people facing the prospect of no clean water at home for up to two weeks, which is leading to growing fears about sanitation and health.

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6 Responses to “Britain Under Water – The Flood Continues”

  1. cotojo said

    Rob – Thank you for your visit and comment.
    Maybe when they built it they knew something we don’t 🙂
    Apparently, Churches in what were then isolated areas, were built on high ground so that they could be seen from settlements far away.

    Colin

  2. rob said

    I wonder why the church was built on high ground, I believe it was built in the medieval warm period.

  3. cotojo said

    Kim – Yes it seems that this year the weather pattern has changed globally. There have been a few lives lost in the UK floods too, but they have already vowed to build more on flood plains which is diabolical really. Locally they are building a new hospital on the main flood plain about 50 yards from the river, and that one does flood quite badly…..they are just carrying on regardless…damned stupid and dangerous!!

  4. laketrees said

    We just had the worst flooding in years over here as well….with loss of life……thankfully the rain stopped…….the situation looks terrible over there……hopefully they have learnt not to build on the flood plains….but easier said then done I suppose……

  5. cotojo said

    Lisa – We don’t often get this sort of weather, and although they are very quick to blame it on global warming, it did happen 60 years ago in 1947. It’s a bigger problem now as the population density has grown and building on flood plains defeats the object of having a flood plain!!

  6. Sophiagurl said

    those pictures reminds me of my country after strong typhoons. which happens every year. flooding is everywhere and a lot of people died too.

    now it seems we are going to face drought if no rain pours till September =(

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