Met Office should have warned us of downpour

Met Office should have warned us of downpour

Met Office should have warned us of downpour

First published in News

METEOROLOGISTS have complained over the lack of warning ahead of devastating floods on Canvey.

Essex Weather Centre has lodged a formal complaint with the Met Office criticising them for not letting all the official bodies know earlier of the torrential rain forecast for the island.

A power cut hit the island on Sunday, July 20, as one million cubic metres of water fell on Canvey in two hours on Sunday, July 20 – described by the Environment Agency as almost the full capacity of Wembley Stadium.

The Met Office usually puts out amber and red warnings to prepare residents and authorities for anything from floods to tornadoes to give them as much time as possible to prepare.

Tom Defty, of the Essex Weather Centre, said he lodged a complaint with the Met Office after residents told him they were not prepared for the floods.

He said: “There was clear evidence a convergence line would be established the afternoon of the floods.

“Local authorities had no specific warnings so the manpower and equipment wasn’t ready.

“We are very dissatisfied with the Met Office’s response to our complaint over warnings and flood risk to local authorities.

“We will now pass the files over to MP Rebecca Harris.”

Hundreds of homes were flooded across Canvey, with firefighters receiving more than 400 calls to help.

Several pumps also failed on the day of the floods.

Mr Defty added the Essex Weather Centre was warning about the possibility of flooding on Canvey on Twitter and on its website the day before the storm hit.

He said he hoped his complaint will be followed up by Mrs Harris as part of the top investigation she has launched over what went wrong that day.

 

 

A £700,000 survey of Canvey’s drains is set to take place.

Failures at some of the island’s pumping stations were caused by power cuts, the sheer amount of water and water not being able to reach the pumps ,according to the Environment Agency.

Anglian Water say the volume of water meant the pipes could not cope.

A survey of the island’s drainage system will take place this week, funded by the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Essex Highways and Castle Point Council.

Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said: “Regrettably, the sheer amount of rain which fell in Canvey on July 20, overwhelmed the drainage systems and despite as much water passing through these drains as possible, they were unable to keep up.

“This survey will take several weeks to complete.” but will help us to collaboratively address the problems for the long-term future.”

 

 

THE Met Office put out a national severe weather warning three days before the storm hit Canvey.

A spokeswoman said they particularly highlighted the south east and eastern region as most likely to face disruption and localised flooding on Sunday, July 20.

She said: “We have a network of advisers around the UK who work with regional local planning groups plan to prepare for severe weather.

“We were in regular contact with the local authorities in the region throughout that week and weekend to ensure they were aware of how the situation was developing .”

However, Mr Defty said by making it a national weather warning, local authorities in south Essex would not have paid as much attention as they would have done had it been a more localised warning.

He said: “Ppeople will pay much more attention if it is localised.”

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10:50am Thu 14 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

THE Met Office put out a national severe weather warning three days before the storm hit Canvey.

A spokeswoman said they particularly highlighted the south east and eastern region as most likely to face disruption and localised flooding on Sunday, July 20.

“We were in regular contact with the local authorities in the region throughout that week and weekend to ensure they were aware of how the situation was developing .”



Looks like the Met Office failed big time here by not actually telling people where they live!
THE Met Office put out a national severe weather warning three days before the storm hit Canvey. A spokeswoman said they particularly highlighted the south east and eastern region as most likely to face disruption and localised flooding on Sunday, July 20. “We were in regular contact with the local authorities in the region throughout that week and weekend to ensure they were aware of how the situation was developing .” Looks like the Met Office failed big time here by not actually telling people where they live! stopmoaning1
  • Score: 11

10:52am Thu 14 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

A touch melodramatic and over the top to call it 'devastating' don't you think?

Hiw many lives were lost in this 'devastating' flood?
A touch melodramatic and over the top to call it 'devastating' don't you think? Hiw many lives were lost in this 'devastating' flood? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

11:28am Thu 14 Aug 14

Russ13 says...

Why is all this effort being wasted looking backwards? Surely the way forward is to spend all time and effort looking into ways future weather events like this can be mitigated?
Why is all this effort being wasted looking backwards? Surely the way forward is to spend all time and effort looking into ways future weather events like this can be mitigated? Russ13
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

Russ13 wrote:
Why is all this effort being wasted looking backwards? Surely the way forward is to spend all time and effort looking into ways future weather events like this can be mitigated?
There's got to be a scapegoat found for last tine first though......
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: Why is all this effort being wasted looking backwards? Surely the way forward is to spend all time and effort looking into ways future weather events like this can be mitigated?[/p][/quote]There's got to be a scapegoat found for last tine first though...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Thu 14 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

It was just a heavy downpour, trouble being the number of properties which have been built with sloping driveways, poor drainage and poor construction.
It was just a heavy downpour, trouble being the number of properties which have been built with sloping driveways, poor drainage and poor construction. sesibollox
  • Score: 7

7:40pm Thu 14 Aug 14

poortaxpayer says...

one million cubic meters of water fell in 2 hours. Even if the pumps were working at full power could they have drained this much water in 2 hours?
one million cubic meters of water fell in 2 hours. Even if the pumps were working at full power could they have drained this much water in 2 hours? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

I blame UKIP. Didn't happen when they had no seats locally.....
I blame UKIP. Didn't happen when they had no seats locally..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

10:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

annonnamus says...

Those weather controlling machines, including cloud seeding are really sketchy during those prototye stages. Just ask HAARP.
I'm sure the final product will have the weather corrected and in full control. No more false predictions.
Those weather controlling machines, including cloud seeding are really sketchy during those prototye stages. Just ask HAARP. I'm sure the final product will have the weather corrected and in full control. No more false predictions. annonnamus
  • Score: 0

10:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

annonnamus says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
one million cubic meters of water fell in 2 hours. Even if the pumps were working at full power could they have drained this much water in 2 hours?
who counted ?
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: one million cubic meters of water fell in 2 hours. Even if the pumps were working at full power could they have drained this much water in 2 hours?[/p][/quote]who counted ? annonnamus
  • Score: -2

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