Chaos as roads flood in Southend and Canvey

FLOODING CHAOS - Southend Hospital A&E evacuated as south Essex is battered by downpour

Flooding in Crescent Road, Leigh. Picture by Rodney Levy

Parts of Canvey flooded - picture by Simon Phillips

Picture of Prittle Brook in Southend - picture from Your Southend

Flooding in Southend - by Mark Crow

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SOUTHEND Hospital’s A&E department was partly evacuated, trains were blocked out of the town, and roads were flooded in a huge downpour yesterday.

The Echo understands the department was evacuated after a torrential downpour hit the south of the county after 2pm, hitting Canvey and Southend with localised flooding.

Greater Anglia suspended its trains to and from Southend after a lightning bolt struck a signal in Billericay at around 4pm.

Echo: Aerial picture taken from Essex Police's helicopter

Echo:

Flooding at Rochford Road, Southend...near the Southend Airport Retail Park. Picture by SIMON MURDOCH

Residents were left counting the cost of the downpour in Canvey, with several main roads closed off, including one of the main routes of the island, Link Road.

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Flooding on Canvey

A lightning strike knocked out Canvey's pumps for 12 minutes, according to the Environment Agency. Although residents said it was longer.

MP Rebecca Harris has called for a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Resident Tracy Fisher, 53, of San Remo Road, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.

She said: "My living room is still under three inches of water.

"I'm so upset.  We've got our furniture on tables to try and save it."

Mass flooding was also reported in the streets around Southend Airport, with the airport having to divert the 3.30pm flight from Amsterdam to Stansted.

Echo:

Battlesbridge and Wickford also hit by flash floods

Prittlewell Brook was also reportedly close to bursting its banks, while fire engines raced to the Pizza Hut restaurant, off Southchurch Road in the town centre, because of concerns over the building.

Several other roads in Canvey were swamped under water in a chilling echo of the floods of August 2012.

Canvey resident Elyse Featherstone said: "It was only yesterday I wandered along the sea wall and met an artist painting the story of the first great canvey flood.

"History repeated itself this afternoon when the rains came full and fast.

"First it was in your shoes then it was up to your knees, suddenly there was no more roads or pavements only water and abandoned vehicles.

"Children were unstrapped from their seats and placed into their parents arms. Dogs and cats were quickly found and returned to their homes, brooms and buckets made frequent appearances as the water began to creep into front doors.

"Link Road became a no go zone, members of the public barricaded themselves at both ends of the famous link and refused cars entry, most turned around or parked up and walked, one car almost hit the wall of fearless men as he arrogantly stormed his car through. He lost a wing mirror and back wiper as a result. I spoke to people I hadn't spoken to in years, there was an excitement and spirit in the air as the canvey community fought against mother nature.

"Eventually the rains stopped and a police helicopter assured us they had found the key to the pump room. hooray once again our little sinking island conquered the ugly storm and lives to tell the tale."

The Environment Agency has put out a floord warning for parts of Southend and Rochford.

A spokesman said: "We are seeing high river levels on the River Roach, Prittle Brook and Eastwood Brook due to thundestorms.

"River levels are likely to continue to rise. Over the next 12 hours the forecast is for thunderstorms.

"The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities."

Echo:

Prittle Brook close to bursting its banks - pic from Your Southend

 

 

Emergency services stretched as strikes happen during floods

Echo:

Canvey flooding - picture by Simon Phillips

Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place.

The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) called a strike between 5pm and 7pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the service said: "Canvey is one area particularly affected but calls have also included Southend, Harlow, Aveley, Ongar, and Corringham and resources are stretched.

"Incidents range from people stranded in vehicles that are stuck in flood water, cables arcing, hedgerow fires, to a house fire following a lightning strike. ECFRS responds to flood incidents where there is risk to life.

"FBU members began their strike at 5pm and until 7pm calls are being covered by working crews."

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7:13pm Sun 20 Jul 14

BrushLover says...

So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking? BrushLover
  • Score: -27

7:25pm Sun 20 Jul 14

z0mbee says...

BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.
[quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day. z0mbee
  • Score: 20

7:44pm Sun 20 Jul 14

BrushLover says...

z0mbee wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.
That's not what the article states, in fairness:

"Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm"
[quote][p][bold]z0mbee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.[/p][/quote]That's not what the article states, in fairness: "Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm" BrushLover
  • Score: 5

8:09pm Sun 20 Jul 14

brooo78 says...

I'd like to think that Essex Fire Service would of ignored the strike and helped the poor residents of Canvey!
I'd like to think that Essex Fire Service would of ignored the strike and helped the poor residents of Canvey! brooo78
  • Score: 11

8:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Horace Wimpole says...

“STANSTED”.

HOW MANY F CUKING TIMES.
“STANSTED”. HOW MANY F CUKING TIMES. Horace Wimpole
  • Score: -3

8:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Horace Wimpole says...

BrushLover wrote:
z0mbee wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.
That's not what the article states, in fairness:

"Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm"
What's so hard to understand? A walk-out two hours per day, and the stated strike is between 5 & 7pm—two hours.
[quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]z0mbee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.[/p][/quote]That's not what the article states, in fairness: "Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm"[/p][/quote]What's so hard to understand? A walk-out two hours per day, and the stated strike is between 5 & 7pm—two hours. Horace Wimpole
  • Score: 5

8:42pm Sun 20 Jul 14

BrushLover says...

Horace Wimpole wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
z0mbee wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.
That's not what the article states, in fairness:

"Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm"
What's so hard to understand? A walk-out two hours per day, and the stated strike is between 5 & 7pm—two hours.
I understand it completely, thanks.
[quote][p][bold]Horace Wimpole[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]z0mbee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]No - they have been out numerous times on Canvey, so I can only assume the same applies elsewhere. They are walking out for two hours a day.[/p][/quote]That's not what the article states, in fairness: "Essex Fire Service admits its resources are stretched as crews strike while the storm clean-up takes place. The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) has called a strike between 5pm and 7pm"[/p][/quote]What's so hard to understand? A walk-out two hours per day, and the stated strike is between 5 & 7pm—two hours.[/p][/quote]I understand it completely, thanks. BrushLover
  • Score: 9

8:42pm Sun 20 Jul 14

steve@eastwood says...

BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to?
Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to? Idiot! steve@eastwood
  • Score: -2

8:58pm Sun 20 Jul 14

BrushLover says...

steve@eastwood wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to?
Idiot!
I wasn't suggesting that, I was referring to the emergencies that may occur as a result of flooding. Given the strain the fire department are already under, surely striking on a day like today is a bad idea and putting lives at risk?!
[quote][p][bold]steve@eastwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to? Idiot![/p][/quote]I wasn't suggesting that, I was referring to the emergencies that may occur as a result of flooding. Given the strain the fire department are already under, surely striking on a day like today is a bad idea and putting lives at risk?! BrushLover
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

The story says echoing the floods of August 2012, when it was in fact 2013
The story says echoing the floods of August 2012, when it was in fact 2013 sesibollox
  • Score: 14

10:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

BrushLover wrote:
steve@eastwood wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to?
Idiot!
I wasn't suggesting that, I was referring to the emergencies that may occur as a result of flooding. Given the strain the fire department are already under, surely striking on a day like today is a bad idea and putting lives at risk?!
Last year the Fire Brigade laid hoses, and pumped thousands of gallons over the sea wall, into the Thames, so as you have now learnt, it has been done in the past, though last time they were not on strike.
[quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve@eastwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]And with your obvious superior wisdom, pray tell where do you suggest the Fire Brigade pump the water to? Idiot![/p][/quote]I wasn't suggesting that, I was referring to the emergencies that may occur as a result of flooding. Given the strain the fire department are already under, surely striking on a day like today is a bad idea and putting lives at risk?![/p][/quote]Last year the Fire Brigade laid hoses, and pumped thousands of gallons over the sea wall, into the Thames, so as you have now learnt, it has been done in the past, though last time they were not on strike. sesibollox
  • Score: 8

10:46pm Sun 20 Jul 14

runwellian says...

I feel sure in a real emergency, strike or no strike, the firemen would run out!

Rather than criticise the fire services, what about the council who do nothing to address these issue, where are you now Ray Howard when you islanders need you?

When something goes horribly wrong we blame the emergency services when we should be blaming those that should have addressed these problems years ago!

Th emergency services out right other peoples wrongs ... the wrong doers just get away with it!
I feel sure in a real emergency, strike or no strike, the firemen would run out! Rather than criticise the fire services, what about the council who do nothing to address these issue, where are you now Ray Howard when you islanders need you? When something goes horribly wrong we blame the emergency services when we should be blaming those that should have addressed these problems years ago! Th emergency services out right other peoples wrongs ... the wrong doers just get away with it! runwellian
  • Score: 27

10:58pm Sun 20 Jul 14

jayman says...

southend airport flooded. waterways full to capacity, business park soon to be built on flood plain...???
southend airport flooded. waterways full to capacity, business park soon to be built on flood plain...??? jayman
  • Score: 11

11:04pm Sun 20 Jul 14

z0mbee says...

jayman wrote:
southend airport flooded. waterways full to capacity, business park soon to be built on flood plain...???
A single flight was diverted, per the article. This would probably have been more to do with the local weather conditions than anything else...
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: southend airport flooded. waterways full to capacity, business park soon to be built on flood plain...???[/p][/quote]A single flight was diverted, per the article. This would probably have been more to do with the local weather conditions than anything else... z0mbee
  • Score: 12

11:09pm Sun 20 Jul 14

z0mbee says...

runwellian wrote:
I feel sure in a real emergency, strike or no strike, the firemen would run out!

Rather than criticise the fire services, what about the council who do nothing to address these issue, where are you now Ray Howard when you islanders need you?

When something goes horribly wrong we blame the emergency services when we should be blaming those that should have addressed these problems years ago!

Th emergency services out right other peoples wrongs ... the wrong doers just get away with it!
I suspect you're right; they are likely to have broken their strike for exception circumstances such as those today. We could hear the sirens all over the island, so I don't think they could really be faulted given their already limited resources.

The same can't be said for the Environment Agency - they have pumped so much money into Canvey's drainage systems, so what kind of middle management idiocy led to them not switching it on for several hours?
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: I feel sure in a real emergency, strike or no strike, the firemen would run out! Rather than criticise the fire services, what about the council who do nothing to address these issue, where are you now Ray Howard when you islanders need you? When something goes horribly wrong we blame the emergency services when we should be blaming those that should have addressed these problems years ago! Th emergency services out right other peoples wrongs ... the wrong doers just get away with it![/p][/quote]I suspect you're right; they are likely to have broken their strike for exception circumstances such as those today. We could hear the sirens all over the island, so I don't think they could really be faulted given their already limited resources. The same can't be said for the Environment Agency - they have pumped so much money into Canvey's drainage systems, so what kind of middle management idiocy led to them not switching it on for several hours? z0mbee
  • Score: 7

11:20pm Sun 20 Jul 14

woolstone says...

Swallow Nursery in Rayleigh had water running out of its car park flooding the London Road it felt like the Chessington water ride driving through it, parts of tarmac laying in the road by the railway bridge cars having to zigzag around them. The top end of the chase was flooded with the manhole cover rising up. Drove back from Essex food and drink show in Cressing not a drop of rain until Chelmsford, had a lovely warm and sunny day there, unbelievable the difference.
Swallow Nursery in Rayleigh had water running out of its car park flooding the London Road it felt like the Chessington water ride driving through it, parts of tarmac laying in the road by the railway bridge cars having to zigzag around them. The top end of the chase was flooded with the manhole cover rising up. Drove back from Essex food and drink show in Cressing not a drop of rain until Chelmsford, had a lovely warm and sunny day there, unbelievable the difference. woolstone
  • Score: 10

2:48am Mon 21 Jul 14

CIP says...

to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes.

If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water!
to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes. If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water! CIP
  • Score: 28

7:31am Mon 21 Jul 14

go get em says...

Whilst the torrential downpour delivered an excessive amount of water in a short space of time i'm pretty sure that if the Council were to spend some time and resources cleaning out the drains, using dustcarts to clean the verges and cleaning out brooks then this would be money well spent in the long run.
Unfortunatly cut backs seem to take place on things where regular maintenance could reduce some of the impact at a later date.
Whilst the torrential downpour delivered an excessive amount of water in a short space of time i'm pretty sure that if the Council were to spend some time and resources cleaning out the drains, using dustcarts to clean the verges and cleaning out brooks then this would be money well spent in the long run. Unfortunatly cut backs seem to take place on things where regular maintenance could reduce some of the impact at a later date. go get em
  • Score: 13

8:27am Mon 21 Jul 14

conveluted says...

apparently police helicopter over canvey yesterday at least two hours after the floods giving out announcement that 'the enviroment agency has now switched on the pumps' what was all that about? fortunately I don't live on canvey but many friends have suffered serious flooding. What are these pumps and why weren't they switched on earlier? Sounds like something went seriously wrong.
apparently police helicopter over canvey yesterday at least two hours after the floods giving out announcement that 'the enviroment agency has now switched on the pumps' what was all that about? fortunately I don't live on canvey but many friends have suffered serious flooding. What are these pumps and why weren't they switched on earlier? Sounds like something went seriously wrong. conveluted
  • Score: 6

8:30am Mon 21 Jul 14

z0mbee says...

CIP wrote:
to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes.

If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water!
Good advice that shouldn't need pointing out! Some prat drove past us on Link Road so quickly that the water thrown up landed on our roof!
[quote][p][bold]CIP[/bold] wrote: to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes. If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water![/p][/quote]Good advice that shouldn't need pointing out! Some prat drove past us on Link Road so quickly that the water thrown up landed on our roof! z0mbee
  • Score: 11

8:33am Mon 21 Jul 14

z0mbee says...

conveluted wrote:
apparently police helicopter over canvey yesterday at least two hours after the floods giving out announcement that 'the enviroment agency has now switched on the pumps' what was all that about? fortunately I don't live on canvey but many friends have suffered serious flooding. What are these pumps and why weren't they switched on earlier? Sounds like something went seriously wrong.
There are several pumping stations on the Island that are there to pump water out to sea - it couldn't otherwise escape due to the sea wall. What we had yesterday is an excellent demonstration of why they are needed.

From what I've heard (yes, yes...), the pumps failed due to the power cut, and then failed to restart when it came back. The Environment Agency had to call out an engineer from near Chelmsford to start them, who then got caught up in all the traffic.

Go Get Em makes an excellent point about the drains - when I was much younger (20-25 years ago), drain cleaners were a regular sight around here. I can't remember the last time I saw one dealing with anything other than a specific blocked drain.
[quote][p][bold]conveluted[/bold] wrote: apparently police helicopter over canvey yesterday at least two hours after the floods giving out announcement that 'the enviroment agency has now switched on the pumps' what was all that about? fortunately I don't live on canvey but many friends have suffered serious flooding. What are these pumps and why weren't they switched on earlier? Sounds like something went seriously wrong.[/p][/quote]There are several pumping stations on the Island that are there to pump water out to sea - it couldn't otherwise escape due to the sea wall. What we had yesterday is an excellent demonstration of why they are needed. From what I've heard (yes, yes...), the pumps failed due to the power cut, and then failed to restart when it came back. The Environment Agency had to call out an engineer from near Chelmsford to start them, who then got caught up in all the traffic. Go Get Em makes an excellent point about the drains - when I was much younger (20-25 years ago), drain cleaners were a regular sight around here. I can't remember the last time I saw one dealing with anything other than a specific blocked drain. z0mbee
  • Score: 13

11:16am Mon 21 Jul 14

Techy - SOL says...

I have a great deal of empathy for the residents of Link Road. I used to live in Second Avenue and recall how the car parking area in view of Link Road used to flood with any significant rain, so it's no joke seeing vehicles having it large & causing such damage... I hope you got their make & model - let the old bill deal with them and get an incident reference as this will aid your insurance claims for the damage... maybe it will come out of their insurance and leave your claims bonus intact!

There was a police car posted at the top of Link Road all evening and they did a sterling job calming the traffic down and even turning cars away. We sometimes knock the old bill, but they came good for resident yesterday and should be commended.

In summary, it takes incidents like these sometimes to force a review of policy and as some have mentioned, where is Ray Howard hiding? Would someone kindly kick over all the rocks until he emerges... no cancel that, it's not election time!
I have a great deal of empathy for the residents of Link Road. I used to live in Second Avenue and recall how the car parking area in view of Link Road used to flood with any significant rain, so it's no joke seeing vehicles having it large & causing such damage... I hope you got their make & model - let the old bill deal with them and get an incident reference as this will aid your insurance claims for the damage... maybe it will come out of their insurance and leave your claims bonus intact! There was a police car posted at the top of Link Road [Sommes Avenue] all evening and they did a sterling job calming the traffic down and even turning cars away. We sometimes knock the old bill, but they came good for resident yesterday and should be commended. In summary, it takes incidents like these sometimes to force a review of policy and as some have mentioned, where is Ray Howard hiding? Would someone kindly kick over all the rocks until he emerges... no cancel that, it's not election time! Techy - SOL
  • Score: 2

11:34am Mon 21 Jul 14

northlondonboy says...

Sunday afternoon Victoria AVE . FLOODIIN6
Thanks to the really thoughtful DRIVERS WHO MADE IT WORSE BY RACING !!!!!!!!! through it, thanks again for the extra WATER
Sunday afternoon Victoria AVE . FLOODIIN6 Thanks to the really thoughtful DRIVERS WHO MADE IT WORSE BY RACING !!!!!!!!! through it, thanks again for the extra WATER northlondonboy
  • Score: 1

12:36pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dhd says...

People with block paving should also take some responsibility for the flooding.
People with block paving should also take some responsibility for the flooding. dhd
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

eric naylor says...

hope the Echo do a 'flood special' spread tomorrow with all these excellent reader photos that have been posted on your website and many more that you have I expect, I think it was just as bad as last August 2013 flooding around Southend and Rochford although the seafront at Southend seems to have escaped this time.

Well done Echo for encouraging reader participation with all their photographs and video clips !!
hope the Echo do a 'flood special' spread tomorrow with all these excellent reader photos that have been posted on your website and many more that you have I expect, I think it was just as bad as last August 2013 flooding around Southend and Rochford although the seafront at Southend seems to have escaped this time. Well done Echo for encouraging reader participation with all their photographs and video clips !! eric naylor
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Mon 21 Jul 14

John Right says...

All part of the gobal warming stages nown as climatic change.
All part of the gobal warming stages nown as climatic change. John Right
  • Score: -5

1:40pm Mon 21 Jul 14

blahblahcanvey says...

Big congratulations to the ambulance driver who decide to drive like a loon through a puddle throwing water everywhere last night, good thing they saved on those 15 seconds to drive a little more carefully...
Big congratulations to the ambulance driver who decide to drive like a loon through a puddle throwing water everywhere last night, good thing they saved on those 15 seconds to drive a little more carefully... blahblahcanvey
  • Score: -6

3:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Roger Soles says...

Canvey has pumps for emergencies that don't work.
I hope the fire extinguishers in the Kiln road offices are as reliable.
But then again s**t doesn't burn, it only smoulders.
Canvey has pumps for emergencies that don't work. I hope the fire extinguishers in the Kiln road offices are as reliable. But then again s**t doesn't burn, it only smoulders. Roger Soles
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Mon 21 Jul 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Tried to drop two family members off for X30 at Rayleigh to find a bus broken down and little idea from stranded driver when next one would get through. Went on through the very hazardous flooded London Road, but once out it was obvious very localised. A130 road north of Chelmsford dry but huge thunderstorm heading towards airport. Think there were delays to flights.
Tried to drop two family members off for X30 at Rayleigh to find a bus broken down and little idea from stranded driver when next one would get through. Went on through the very hazardous flooded London Road, but once out it was obvious very localised. A130 road north of Chelmsford dry but huge thunderstorm heading towards airport. Think there were delays to flights. SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
All part of the gobal warming stages nown as climatic change.
what a load of fat hairy round ones.

Another warmist barmpot we don't need thanks.

Floods, droughts and all sorts of other weather horrors have occurred since time immemorial. The world heats up, it cools down, then again.... and again... It's a NATURAL OCCURRENCE!

Warmist crackpot theories are exaggerated so that there's another excuse for stealth taxes. In this case "green" taxes. Another excuse for a price hike. People are living in fuel poverty more than ever before.

Energy saving lightbulbs : "oh they save electricity and your bills will be cheaper".

Absolute bolleaux as the French would say.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: All part of the gobal warming stages nown as climatic change.[/p][/quote]what a load of fat hairy round ones. Another warmist barmpot we don't need thanks. Floods, droughts and all sorts of other weather horrors have occurred since time immemorial. The world heats up, it cools down, then again.... and again... It's a NATURAL OCCURRENCE! Warmist crackpot theories are exaggerated so that there's another excuse for stealth taxes. In this case "green" taxes. Another excuse for a price hike. People are living in fuel poverty more than ever before. Energy saving lightbulbs : "oh they save electricity and your bills will be cheaper". Absolute bolleaux as the French would say. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

2:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
the best time surely ? a reminder to the public of the importance of such a service, in the wake of nature's fury, while in the meantime, they are shafted by their employer.....
[quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]the best time surely ? a reminder to the public of the importance of such a service, in the wake of nature's fury, while in the meantime, they are shafted by their employer..... pembury53
  • Score: 3

11:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

BrushLover says...

pembury53 wrote:
BrushLover wrote:
So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?
the best time surely ? a reminder to the public of the importance of such a service, in the wake of nature's fury, while in the meantime, they are shafted by their employer.....
I'm sorry but i disagree - i don't see why the public should be put at risk. I work for the nhs so have total sympathy and emphasise with their reasons behind striking, however disagree with the strikes, particularly in a time of crisis. The only people who suffer are the public, and they are not the people who are responsible for it.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrushLover[/bold] wrote: So all this is happening and the fire department are still striking?[/p][/quote]the best time surely ? a reminder to the public of the importance of such a service, in the wake of nature's fury, while in the meantime, they are shafted by their employer.....[/p][/quote]I'm sorry but i disagree - i don't see why the public should be put at risk. I work for the nhs so have total sympathy and emphasise with their reasons behind striking, however disagree with the strikes, particularly in a time of crisis. The only people who suffer are the public, and they are not the people who are responsible for it. BrushLover
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8:13am Wed 23 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

I'm sorry, but you totally miss the point, in my opinion..... the government couldn't give a monkeys if no one is inconvenienced, the super rich elite are quite happy to sit back and laugh while people on strike exhaust their union funds and live on a reduced income and get nowhere..... the only thing that works is pressure due to public anger, that is the whole point of strike action, there is no simple solution that hurts no one..... personally I am not a trade unionist, but public sector workers have been promised pensions and various terms and conditions that are being hit as we are told 'we're all in together' ..... in the meantime boardroom pay up 20/30% again, and again, and again, and again....... until that massive injustice and greed changes I support strikes every time
I'm sorry, but you totally miss the point, in my opinion..... the government couldn't give a monkeys if no one is inconvenienced, the super rich elite are quite happy to sit back and laugh while people on strike exhaust their union funds and live on a reduced income and get nowhere..... the only thing that works is pressure due to public anger, that is the whole point of strike action, there is no simple solution that hurts no one..... personally I am not a trade unionist, but public sector workers have been promised pensions and various terms and conditions that are being hit as we are told 'we're all in together' ..... in the meantime boardroom pay up 20/30% again, and again, and again, and again....... until that massive injustice and greed changes I support strikes every time pembury53
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6:54pm Tue 29 Jul 14

beaulocks says...

z0mbee wrote:
CIP wrote:
to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes.

If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water!
Good advice that shouldn't need pointing out! Some prat drove past us on Link Road so quickly that the water thrown up landed on our roof!
Do you live in a dolls house?
[quote][p][bold]z0mbee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CIP[/bold] wrote: to all the bozos who drive like maniacs through flood water - grow up and follow the guidelines. Drive slowly and where possible in the middle of the road as the water depth will generally be lower. This way you minimise any 'tidal wash' that occurs which can exacerbate ingress into peoples homes. If you still drive fast I dearly hope the water gets in your engine and fails with costly bills to follow to sort it out - that is after having to paddle through the flood water![/p][/quote]Good advice that shouldn't need pointing out! Some prat drove past us on Link Road so quickly that the water thrown up landed on our roof![/p][/quote]Do you live in a dolls house? beaulocks
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8:38am Mon 11 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

This is old news why have you reprinted it
This is old news why have you reprinted it CHRISTMAS CAROL
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7:29pm Wed 13 Aug 14

annonnamus says...

It's just a bit of water, normal precipitation, no need to flap and get innocent people over-excited by trivialities. Oh yeah, no hose pipe ban? After the wettest winter on record, there is no chance of a hosepipe ban from us this summer. Now that's news for the A & E Dept.
It's just a bit of water, normal precipitation, no need to flap and get innocent people over-excited by trivialities. Oh yeah, no hose pipe ban? After the wettest winter on record, there is no chance of a hosepipe ban from us this summer. Now that's news for the A & E Dept. annonnamus
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