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Funko
23-07-2007, 10:20:35
Surprised there's no thread on this, or I missed it? The UK is experiencing the worst floods since 1947, many towns underwater, the Thames and Severn rivers are about to burst their banks.

Is anyone affected? Luckily we moved on thursday before the rain started. So far no leaks, and theoretically we aren't on a flood plain although we're only 100m or so from the edge of the "critical flood area" of the Kennet.

mr_B
23-07-2007, 12:18:48
laaik it ever rains in england

Venom
23-07-2007, 12:33:48
I might laugh a little if your new house does get flooded.

mr_B
23-07-2007, 12:42:06
only when D's dungeon changes into an inside pool

Tizzy
23-07-2007, 12:45:53
Originally posted by Venom
I might laugh a little if your new house does get flooded.

If you do, you'd better cancel that flight.

Oh, that's right. You haven't even booked it yet.

Venom
23-07-2007, 12:46:30
I will call it D's Grotto.

Venom
23-07-2007, 12:48:44
Originally posted by Tizzy
If you do, you'd better cancel that flight.

Oh, that's right. You haven't even booked it yet.

I will come anyway and then you can take it out on me and kill me. No one would miss me anyway.

And the flight is already chosen. Now that I understand the train situation all I have to do is pay for it.

Anyone want to loan me 800 dollars?

mr_B
23-07-2007, 13:02:58
Originally posted by Venom
I will call it D's Grotto. Drotto

King_Ghidra
23-07-2007, 13:10:38
Originally posted by Venom

Anyone want to loan me 800 dollars?

at 1000% interest, sure

anyway, 800 dollars is like fifty quid at current exchange rate. a quick whip-round of uk posters and we'll have enough.

Funko
23-07-2007, 13:12:15
Just found out one of our friends has been told their house (well, ground floor apartment) will definitely be flooded.

Oerdin
23-07-2007, 13:12:40
Originally posted by Venom

Anyone want to loan me 800 dollars?

Check's in the mail. Just wait for it.

Venom
23-07-2007, 13:17:20
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
at 1000% interest, sure

anyway, 800 dollars is like fifty quid at current exchange rate. a quick whip-round of uk posters and we'll have enough.

Get on it then. Or maybe I should set up one of those pity sites. Paymyairfare.com or something like that.

mr_B
23-07-2007, 13:20:47
800 dollars :lol:
we pay that for a whopper now

Funko
23-07-2007, 13:23:50
Oi, Dutchies, can you get over here and build a dike along the southe bank of the Kennet river in Reading please?

mr_B
23-07-2007, 13:29:00
no underwaterbridgeje?

Funko
23-07-2007, 13:36:22
We have hundreds now. HAHA!

MOBIUS
23-07-2007, 13:40:43
Yeah it is very worrying! Especially as ours is a ground floor flat less than 100 metres from the Taff River...:eek:

At least there have been major flood defences built, and the Taff isn't very long with a relatively small catchment area in an already wet area. Still, it is quite a worry due to the suddenness of these downpours.

Polytubby
23-07-2007, 13:41:03
Row, row, row your boat...

MOBIUS
23-07-2007, 13:41:35
Originally posted by Funko
We have hundreds now. HAHA!

Who needs mr_BG when we have THE WEATHER!:bounce:

MOBIUS
23-07-2007, 15:49:53
Ironically now the people who were flooded have no water - to drink etc...:(

Caligastia
23-07-2007, 16:00:50
OMG GLOBAL WARMING!!!

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-07-2007, 17:06:57
I live near the top of a hill, about 100 metres above sea level. I couldn't give a shit.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
23-07-2007, 17:48:06
Bah, Flatlander. 450m above sea level.

mr_B
23-07-2007, 18:08:52
Dyl : HIGHLANDER.

there can be only one!!

Lazarus and the Gimp
23-07-2007, 18:31:27
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Bah, Flatlander. 450m above sea level.

Considering that the aforementioned 100 metres above sea level is also less than 800 metres from the sea, "flat" isn't a word I'd use.

*End Is Forever*
23-07-2007, 23:06:33
So you get to worry about coastal erosion rather than flooding?

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-07-2007, 05:04:33
Nope. Unlike the east coast, the West is built on solid foundations.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 07:15:46
and radioactive waste

Funko
24-07-2007, 08:13:21
Reading's doom is postponed for another night. 2 of my friends now have their houses sandbagged. :(

The Kennet issued with an All Clear. Woo! :beer:

MOBIUS
24-07-2007, 11:46:10
Originally posted by Caligastia
OMG GLOBAL WARMING!!!

No shit, Sherlock... (http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2795635.ece)

It is nearly 10 years since the scientists of the UK Climate Impacts Programme first gave their detailed forecast of what global warming had in store for Britain in the 21st century - and high up on the list was rainfall, increasing both in frequency and intensity.

Still, I am pleased that even people like Cali are finally waking up to the effects of global warming...:)

Funko
24-07-2007, 11:51:10
This wet summer is most likely related to La Nina rather than generic 'climate change' and whilst it's the worst flooding for 100 years, it's not the worst rainfall. We had much worse rain in the 50s but the land was less developed and the drainage was better.

Funko
24-07-2007, 11:53:39
Although you can't discount whether Climate Change is making it worse or not...

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 12:01:49
Climate change is a commie conspiracy led by the Venezuelans

Gnostic
24-07-2007, 12:02:37
It is all to make us use more fuel in our air conditioners and then be dependent upon them.

MOBIUS
24-07-2007, 13:51:30
Originally posted by Funko
This wet summer is most likely related to La Nina rather than generic 'climate change' and whilst it's the worst flooding for 100 years, it's not the worst rainfall. We had much worse rain in the 50s but the land was less developed and the drainage was better.

Except that La Nina is a regular occurence, unlike what's happened over the weekend. It's true it may have exacerbated things - but something else clearly caused these massive floods...

Something that has been inundating random countries in Europe basically every year for the last decade or so...:cute:

Funko
24-07-2007, 13:54:51
But we've had heavier rain than this 50 years ago which didn't cause such bad flooding which leads me to think that we really do have to look at the amount of development we've done since then, without improving the drainage. Wouldn't necessarily help with the river flooding but the flash flooding wouldn't be as bad.

MOBIUS
24-07-2007, 13:59:38
We have, but it is the nature of the rainfall that is the problem - i.e. it all falls at once in a very small period of time, and not in the usual way it does here in the UK...

Funko
24-07-2007, 14:10:19
Yeah, but that's not something that's new, it's just historically infrequent.

I'm not saying that the climate isn't changing, but I'm nervous about using every bit of extreme weather to prove climate change, because we did have extreme weather in the past. Of course, the fact is that we do seem to be having extreme events more frequently as the models suggest.

MOBIUS
24-07-2007, 14:27:54
Well the Met Office is using words like 'unprecedented' to describe our latest deluges:

Less than a month ago on 25 June, when a month's rain fell in just 24 hours the Environment Agency described the intensity of the deluge as "unprecedented". But Friday's cloudbursts dumping three times the average total for July in just a few hours were even more extraordinary.

http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2790962.ece

Funko
24-07-2007, 14:51:31
Pershore getting 145.4mm of rain in 25 hours nearly three times the July average

And yet the British record is 279mm in 24 hours in Dorset in July 1955.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/extremes/index.html

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 14:58:17
God hates Dorset.

Funko
24-07-2007, 14:59:30
My Dad's from Dorset.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 15:03:04
QED

MOBIUS
24-07-2007, 15:40:42
Originally posted by Funko
And yet the British record is 279mm in 24 hours in Dorset in July 1955.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/extremes/index.html

Well, to me 'just a few hours' is a number between 3-5...;)

Lazarus and the Gimp
24-07-2007, 16:25:49
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
and radioactive waste

It would get really interesting if it seriously flooded here. As well as the nuclear reactors, there's some serious chemical works at the docks with the potential for spreading unpleasantness in a big way. There's big warning klaxons all down the coast to alert of the occasional poisonous cloud wafting around, so a flood could get entertaining.

Oerdin
24-07-2007, 16:28:34
We had those warning alarms in Santa Barbara too. The local oil was high in Hydrogen Sulfide gas which is a deadly poison yet for some reason the local oil processing facility seemed to leak hydrogen sulfide gas on a fairly regular basis. :/

Drekkus
24-07-2007, 16:51:34
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Bah, Flatlander. 450m above sea level. I remember you having wet feet in 2002, when your bridge was turned into a nice underwater bridgje. :p

Dyl Ulenspiegel
24-07-2007, 17:24:30
Well, there are rivers at that sea level, too....

alsieboo
24-07-2007, 22:15:14
We're not flooded in my village, but we nearly got stranded at work on Friday, this twat in a 7.5 thought he could take on this 'lake' spanning 3 lanes of the road. He got stuck. A couple of the other villages near us are pretty bad too. My boyfriends area is dreadful, he lives up by Witney, near Standlake, which is now going under.
Don'tcha just love this weather?

Oerdin
24-07-2007, 22:30:13
Standlake is a standing lake now?

Lancer
25-07-2007, 01:16:40
I blame Blair.

Funko
25-07-2007, 08:18:29
The flood is getting postponed day by day. Still hasn't hit Reading.

Fistandantilus
25-07-2007, 08:20:27
And never will.

Funko
25-07-2007, 08:24:51
Well our sandbagged friend says the water is starting to rise quite fast now.

MOBIUS
25-07-2007, 08:56:26
Shit. Well good luck to him.

Mr. Bas
25-07-2007, 09:08:56
Yes, I hope you guys can keep your feet dry. So, how wet is Wales at the moment?

MOBIUS
25-07-2007, 09:48:45
Pretty wet (it's raining now), but in a constant and manageable way instead of massive amounts of torrential rain.

Thankfully now I know that we have some pretty good flood defences in Cardiff after getting worried about living next to the river, though I do hope we won't have to test them out!

We did have a nice sunny day yesterday, though. So that was nice.:)

Funko
25-07-2007, 09:54:31
It's still nice and sunny here today. Funny seeing it sunny and hearing about floods.

MDA
25-07-2007, 11:02:31
We're more than seven inches short (snicker) for the year here.

We need a butterfly to flap its wings somewhere and move some of your rain over to my dead lawn.

Funko
25-07-2007, 11:04:05
You need some pagans getting offended at a chalk Homer.

Drekkus
25-07-2007, 11:49:25
:lol:

Those guys should be killed by angry mobs