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#407026 - 07/12/15 10:00 PM Cumbria flooding disaster.
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Storm Desmond dropped a months rain in a day over the North West of the UK and Cumbria was one of the worst hit areas.
Many roads and ancient bridges washed away including Pooley 'Bridge' itself. Villages cut off, and power lines down. thousands of homes under water and evacuated.
In Yorkshire water is flowing over Malham Cove for the first time in living memory.
Those beautiful ancient arched bridges, gone, truly awful. Will they rebuild them as they were? I hope so, many bore the character of the villages that grew as a result of them being there.


#407027 - 08/12/15 09:34 PM Re: Cumbria flooding disaster. [Re: Slogger]
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Been watching the northern flooding here (NZ) on the news.
Looks devastating. Second time in 10yrs for some. Can't imagine how a home would ever return to 'normal' condition after that. It said that a recent expensive flood defence system had been put in place in one area but had failed. Was that the installation's problem or was the flood just too overwhelming and would negate any system whatever? Hopefully a foolproof system can be worked out as extremes of weather seem to be becoming the 'norm'. Must be extremely stressful for a lot of folk.
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#407028 - 08/12/15 09:54 PM Re: Cumbria flooding disaster. [Re: Slogger]
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Whilst some may disagree, with so much rain in so short a period, I am not sure that anything realistic could have held it back. See the local papers comment:-

The record for the amount of rainfall in a 24-hour period was in broken in Cumbria over the weekend, the Met Office has confirmed.

A total of 341.4mm - nearly 13.5 inches - of rain was recorded at Honister Pass in the Lake District. The previous record was 316.4mm which was measured in Seathwaite, near Borrowdale, during the 2009 floods. Meanwhile Shap experienced more than two months worth of rain in 48 hours from Friday morning to Sunday morning as 262.6mm of rain fell. The average for December is 215mm.

I guess that history is the real problem. Where did our ancestors decide to live - down in a valley beside a river.

I wonder if some of the lakes could be partially drained before winter in order to take up at least some of the rainfall accepting that not all streams/rivers go into the lakes.

Please don't think that I am unsympathetic to the poor people that have been affected.
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#407029 - 08/12/15 10:26 PM Re: Cumbria flooding disaster. [Re: Slogger]
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I agree it appears to be that it was simply an overwhelming situation. The flood plains on the river Ribble near us, that are used for cattle grazing, were completely submerged, massive areas under water. It was constant rain, but nowhere near as bad as further North. Lancaster was badly affected after the river Lune broke its banks too. I received a message today asking me to contact a Fire and Flood company. They are asking whether I have any availability, using my powerful truck mount cleaning machine, for water extraction in properties there.


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