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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: More Bad Weather Reply with quote

Hi all. Up here in Northumberland, we're clearing up after yesterday's huge storms. The floods were so bad that last night people were taking hours to make short journeys. What was it like where you live?

Ian.
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essexlady



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that Ian, I do hope it gets sorted out quickly and people can get back to normal. Here in Essex we have only had a sprinkling of rain but then East Anglia is famously one of the driest areas of the UK, although we had heavy rain earlier this month.
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ian

We switched over to BBC NE and Cumbria to see the local news at 10.25 last night as my parents are still both up there. Did you have any damage? My Mum is at I'd guess the highest point to the west of the city so was fine, she said the street lights went on about 3.45! My Dad is near the airport but no problems thankfully.

Amazing flood levels, you've probably seen this http://www.twitvid.com/PBWG8. taken from the Sage.

We had a few spots of rain but sunshine for the rest of the day!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote







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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lord Evan Elpuss



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Down my way, yesterday was mainly overcast, dry and hot. Also very humid. There was a point in mid afternoon when I thought we were going to get a storm but none materialised, instead by the time the footie started we had bright sunshine! The humidity made it somewhat uncomfortable to work in, but of course that's as nothing compared to what the poor folk of the midlands & north-east have suffered.
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John W



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday we turned up at the massive Tesco car park at the Ricoh, Coventry, to meet daughter, about 1.00pm, just as heavy rain started, ten minutes later we were still in the car and hailstones the size of ice-cubes were bouncing off our car!

Storm lasted about 20 minutes. Ventured out, car looked undamaged

Eh, we now found we were on an island surrounded by six inch deep water, a new river was flowing towards the M&S shop, people running everywhere, apparently the Tesco checkouts were flooded and over 100 people were being evacuated via a side door, and there was daughter and grandaughter standing miserable in the crowd - had to leave her loaded trolley behind - but hadn't paid.

I believe disappeared flood plains are a problem in modern towns, the rainwater has less soil to soak into, drain systems fill up and streets flood. I expect the drain systems in retail parks, with their huge areas of tarmaced land, are designed to cope with above average rainfall but not something like 25mm in one hour which I think was what we had in WMids/Warks/Leics yesterday.

I posted a few weeks ago that the River Leam in Warks reached 4m / 12 foot deep at one point at a bridge and near the village pub. That sort of problem could be alleviated if the rivers were dredged occasionally which has to be done on canals (though I think canals are dredged to stop barges getting 'grounded'). After weather like this the rivers in relatively flat counties (like Warks) fill up with silt so their levels stay 'high' and so flood more often.
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iwarburton



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We didn't suffer any damage ourselves but there were amazing pics on local news of what some people had to deal with.

Ian.
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ruddlescat



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it happened to me back on April 29th when my car which I had owned for only four months got flooded out in a sudden torrent of water when a river close to my property burst its banks causing total devastation including washing away vast quantities of gravel from my drive which I had only just replaced

It was only last week that I got the car back and the insurers finally sorted the matter out

Frankly they just didn't seem to know what they were doing and I had to go on line to do fairly extensive research to convince them how they should be dealing with the claim

I guess I was a bit of a 'test case' and I told them that I hoped they had taken note of what I said as they were likely to have a great number of similar claims in the very near future Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife works for a major contract vehicle leasing company with over 6,000 vehicles on the road, and you can imagine the problems they're now facing. A handful of vehicles parked outside one client's business had over 55,000 of damage done to them by hailstones in just under 10 minutes.
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
My wife works for a major contract vehicle leasing company with over 6,000 vehicles on the road, and you can imagine the problems they're now facing. A handful of vehicles parked outside one client's business had over 55,000 of damage done to them by hailstones in just under 10 minutes.


They can't claim for an act of god?
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ruddlescat



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
ColinB wrote:
My wife works for a major contract vehicle leasing company with over 6,000 vehicles on the road, and you can imagine the problems they're now facing. A handful of vehicles parked outside one client's business had over 55,000 of damage done to them by hailstones in just under 10 minutes.


They can't claim for an act of god?


Wrong Mark - most decent comprehensive policies do cover hailstone damage as well as flooding although fairly obviously third party ones do not

I think you might have reason to fear the wrath of God more than most as you've failed to give him the respect traditionally afforded to him by spelling his name without the standard capital letter Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
They can't claim for an act of god?


Not much good if, like me, you're an atheist!
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