Residents: Show us how we can help

Residents: Show us how we can help

Residents: Show us how we can help

First published in News

ISLANDERS have called for more information from the Environment Agency and even training to help get the pumps working properly in future.

The island’s 14 pumps were upgraded in 2007 at a cost of £6million, but residents are now calling for training on how to manually reset them, with many claiming they were switched off for hours.

Dave Fisher, 49, of San Remo Road, said: “I spoke to the Environment Agency and it said the pumps had failed and had to be manually reset. There is no one on the island who can do it.

“Last year there were seven people employed by the Environment Agency on Canvey and now there is no one. They had to wait for a bloke from Wickford to come down and it took him an hour as all the roads were closed.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “The volume of water was so great that the surface water drainage system was unable to transfer the water to the main rivers and the pumps.

“We have been operating pumps to remove the water and supporting the emergency services and local council.”

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9:54am Wed 23 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept?
No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 3

10:33am Wed 23 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

The Islanders could start by stop blocking the roads off unless instructed by the emergency services.
Canvey has a retained fire service and personnel have to be able to get to the fire station which was severely hindered by cars blocking roads that were passable.
While I understand the peoples frustrations a clear guide must be issued for this type of behaviour so that emergency services peronel can actually attend the emergency, after all it is the very same people doing this the emergency services are trying help.
The Islanders could start by stop blocking the roads off unless instructed by the emergency services. Canvey has a retained fire service and personnel have to be able to get to the fire station which was severely hindered by cars blocking roads that were passable. While I understand the peoples frustrations a clear guide must be issued for this type of behaviour so that emergency services peronel can actually attend the emergency, after all it is the very same people doing this the emergency services are trying help. iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

10:43am Wed 23 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept?
Dave Blackwell suggested this last year, train volunteers to assist in these circumstances. But it was laughed at and pushed aside. Maybe a rethink should be in order, rather then rely on residents taking their own decisions in co ordinating road closures that prevented emergency personnel attending.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept?[/p][/quote]Dave Blackwell suggested this last year, train volunteers to assist in these circumstances. But it was laughed at and pushed aside. Maybe a rethink should be in order, rather then rely on residents taking their own decisions in co ordinating road closures that prevented emergency personnel attending. iknowbetter
  • Score: 2

10:43am Wed 23 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept?
Dave Blackwell suggested this last year, train volunteers to assist in these circumstances. But it was laughed at and pushed aside. Maybe a rethink should be in order, rather then rely on residents taking their own decisions in co ordinating road closures that prevented emergency personnel attending.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: No, I give up - I can't see how the EA's statement relates to the question which seems to have been put to it. Did they bother to consider it or was this just a cut 'n paste from its PR dept?[/p][/quote]Dave Blackwell suggested this last year, train volunteers to assist in these circumstances. But it was laughed at and pushed aside. Maybe a rethink should be in order, rather then rely on residents taking their own decisions in co ordinating road closures that prevented emergency personnel attending. iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ian P says...

"Dave Fisher said: “I spoke to the Environment Agency and it said the pumps had failed and had to be manually reset. There is no one on the island who can do it. Last year there were seven people employed by the Environment Agency on Canvey and now there is no one." This heavy rain did not come out of the blue, it was being predicted for days so they had plenty of warning to have the necessary people on standby. Sounds to me as if the Environmental Agency should pay the bill for the damage caused by their inadequacies.
"Dave Fisher said: “I spoke to the Environment Agency and it said the pumps had failed and had to be manually reset. There is no one on the island who can do it. Last year there were seven people employed by the Environment Agency on Canvey and now there is no one." This heavy rain did not come out of the blue, it was being predicted for days so they had plenty of warning to have the necessary people on standby. Sounds to me as if the Environmental Agency should pay the bill for the damage caused by their inadequacies. Ian P
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

John Right says...

If the EA cant keep the island from flooding, what makes people think Joe Bloggs could do a better job, global warming it's just the beginning these heavy downpours will become a weekly occurrence..
If the EA cant keep the island from flooding, what makes people think Joe Bloggs could do a better job, global warming it's just the beginning these heavy downpours will become a weekly occurrence.. John Right
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Thu 24 Jul 14

iknowbetter says...

John Right wrote:
If the EA cant keep the island from flooding, what makes people think Joe Bloggs could do a better job, global warming it's just the beginning these heavy downpours will become a weekly occurrence..
Jo blogs will only be a few minutes away where as E A had to get from Chelmsford, take the fact many roads were inpassable it would have taken at least an hour for the journey. Hope that answers your question.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: If the EA cant keep the island from flooding, what makes people think Joe Bloggs could do a better job, global warming it's just the beginning these heavy downpours will become a weekly occurrence..[/p][/quote]Jo blogs will only be a few minutes away where as E A had to get from Chelmsford, take the fact many roads were inpassable it would have taken at least an hour for the journey. Hope that answers your question. iknowbetter
  • Score: 0

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