PICTURE: Dutch pumps deal with floods on the Levels

Chard & Ilminster News: PICTURE: Dutch pumps deal with floods on the Levels PICTURE: Dutch pumps deal with floods on the Levels

SOME of the Dutch Pumps being installed at Dunball.

Based on information supplied by Brian Bateman.

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9:27pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

What a welcome sight, the Dutch Pumps,@ Dunball in action removing the Rainwater from the Levels.
when they have done their job over the next Month orTwo, they should be purchased from the Dutch, use this EU Emergency Funding that is Supposedly there, for such like Emergencies. We have Contributed enough to the E U over the years, now is the time to receive some Aid, I believe that there is some €800 Million, sat there awaiting to be spent !!!!!!
Leave them there on the Wharf Situated for the next year, just I case the Dredging work on the Parrett takes longer than Planned.
The Dredging Contract, must also go out to Tendering, so as to get the Best Job done, as soon as feasible. So as our District, does not go through this for a Third year........
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
What a welcome sight, the Dutch Pumps,@ Dunball in action removing the Rainwater from the Levels. when they have done their job over the next Month orTwo, they should be purchased from the Dutch, use this EU Emergency Funding that is Supposedly there, for such like Emergencies. We have Contributed enough to the E U over the years, now is the time to receive some Aid, I believe that there is some €800 Million, sat there awaiting to be spent !!!!!! Leave them there on the Wharf Situated for the next year, just I case the Dredging work on the Parrett takes longer than Planned. The Dredging Contract, must also go out to Tendering, so as to get the Best Job done, as soon as feasible. So as our District, does not go through this for a Third year........ David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl

2:43am Sun 16 Feb 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Blue Owl wrote:
What a welcome sight, the Dutch Pumps,@ Dunball in action removing the Rainwater from the Levels.
when they have done their job over the next Month orTwo, they should be purchased from the Dutch, use this EU Emergency Funding that is Supposedly there, for such like Emergencies. We have Contributed enough to the E U over the years, now is the time to receive some Aid, I believe that there is some €800 Million, sat there awaiting to be spent !!!!!!
Leave them there on the Wharf Situated for the next year, just I case the Dredging work on the Parrett takes longer than Planned.
The Dredging Contract, must also go out to Tendering, so as to get the Best Job done, as soon as feasible. So as our District, does not go through this for a Third year........
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Couldn't agree more about the EU, DO we ever get any benefit from the EU it seems to be All Pay no Gain.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: What a welcome sight, the Dutch Pumps,@ Dunball in action removing the Rainwater from the Levels. when they have done their job over the next Month orTwo, they should be purchased from the Dutch, use this EU Emergency Funding that is Supposedly there, for such like Emergencies. We have Contributed enough to the E U over the years, now is the time to receive some Aid, I believe that there is some €800 Million, sat there awaiting to be spent !!!!!! Leave them there on the Wharf Situated for the next year, just I case the Dredging work on the Parrett takes longer than Planned. The Dredging Contract, must also go out to Tendering, so as to get the Best Job done, as soon as feasible. So as our District, does not go through this for a Third year........ David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more about the EU, DO we ever get any benefit from the EU it seems to be All Pay no Gain. Three Pots Derek

3:56am Mon 17 Feb 14

Somerset;SocialistParty says...

Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers (echoed locally and most vocally, by Blue Owl), while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.

"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.

"Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010.

Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger.

There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue.

We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing.

The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people."

"The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country.

Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections.

The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels.

When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever".

Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%.

Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system."

For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers (echoed locally and most vocally, by Blue Owl), while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts. "Maintenance of existing defences was suffering too. The government was forced to throw another £130 million of emergency funding into the hole - yet that still left spending lower than in 2010. Watching the interviews of the people affected by the floods, you can see and hear the mounting anger. There has been a change in outlook among thousands of people with growing anger towards the Con-Dems over this issue. We have private water companies raking it in, while running a Victorian plumbing system nationwide which causes enormous problems and clearly needs replacing. The floods show how applying the Tory outlook of 'doing more with less' to the Environment Agency by cutting their finance has affected many thousands of people." "The chain breaks at the weakest link. So it was in Dawlish, that a combination of high tides and winds broke the railway line that connects the south and west of Devon and Cornwall to the rest of the country. Cutting off nearly a million people west of the river Exe, it has left Cornwall and major centres such as Plymouth and Torbay without rail connections. The West has been battered by storms - the worst for many decades, with record levels of rainfall resulting in damage everywhere and the flooding of 60 square miles of the Somerset levels. When this Coalition government was cobbled together in 2010, Cameron said he wanted it to be "the greenest government ever". Since then they have done the reverse, seeking to undermine the science of climate change and cutting Environmental Agency funds by nearly 40%. Like King Canute, the Con-Dems refuse to acknowledge that to turn the tide against global warming, there must be planning on a regional, national and international level - an impossible scenario given the 'values' that sustain their capitalist system." For more information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset;SocialistParty

9:09am Mon 17 Feb 14

awayswing says...

Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?
Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them? awayswing

9:19am Mon 17 Feb 14

Blue Owl says...

Somerset;SocialistPa
rty
wrote:
Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game.

Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers (echoed locally and most vocally, by Blue Owl), while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks.

In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response.

After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming.

Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts.

These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention.

Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October.

Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public.

It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place.

"In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.When are you Socialist Going to face up to Reality,
1. The Green Agenda Climate Change would Swallow the Whole Government Budget in any given year, it were to be adhered to without Cautious Spending reviews.
2. You Constantly Attack this Conservative / Liberal cobbled together Gov. As you state. Well, the Libs obviously Came to Milliband b4 agreeing to work with David Cameron to Sort out the Financial Legacy, left by The Labour Incompetence whilst in nos 10 & 11 Downing St.....
3. Hindsight is always a Fantastic Highminded Stance to Comment From!!
4. Labour Placed Lord Chris Smith as Quango Chairman of the Environment Agency @ £2000.00 per week--£100.000 per Annum, Union Leader Bob Crows Remuneration £160k-£180k nice work, or not, if you are able....
5. Your own Somerset Socialist, are only interested in undermining the Government, in the UK. Through Strikes, and falsely leading workers to follow your doctrines, by heavy handy Union Shop Stewards.
6. Do you not realise, your politics, are about as popular in the UK, as the
Raving Monster Luny Party.!!!!!
7. The Government has been right in its approach, with this years Flooding, once they realised that the E Agency had not be up front with their info. The 2012/13 flood was supposed to have been a 1/100 year Event, now in 2014
This devestating flooding to Villages in our county, are abysmal , to those whose homes Businesses, have suffered Water ingress. All you can do is Make Political Mischief!!!! Where is your Socialist Parties, Flood Relief Fund, you call your self Caring, yes, only for your own Self and Ends.!!!!

You write you Dribble, criticising the Conservatives, The Libs even the Labour Government, in an attempt to put forward your Socialist Agenda, which is focused on Self Gratification, of your Socialist Thinking.
Have you not wondered as to why your thoughts views are in Decline around the World, you are out if Touch with Modern thinking and an Agenda which, is
In the 1960-1970's.........

Finally, you post your Political Stance from behind a Cloak of Socialist Party
Annominity ????????????

Just who are you !!!!!!!?????? How Can I take you seriously, well I do not and Can not.............."
David L Preece
blue-Owl
[quote][p][bold]Somerset;SocialistPa rty[/bold] wrote: Floods misery: Government cuts to blame While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game. Stand-in environment minister Eric Pickles blamed the Environment Agency for not dredging rivers (echoed locally and most vocally, by Blue Owl), while the department's incapacitated minister Owen Paterson was reportedly raging to Prime Minister David Cameron over Pickles' attacks. In reality, the entire government is to blame for a lack of preparation and its outrageously inadequate response. After all, climate change scientists have been warning for years about the expected increased frequency of extreme weather events - including unprecedented rainfall - caused by human induced global warming. Moreover, instead of investing in measures that have enormous potential to defend people, land and property against flooding, the government has pursued a vicious austerity agenda of public spending cuts. These cuts have been borne heavily by the Environment Agency, including its budget for flood prevention. Incredibly, on top of previous cuts, some 1,500 agency jobs (15% of the workforce), including 550 jobs in flood prevention, are due to be axed by October. Yet the cost to people's homes and the country's ruined infrastructure will run into hundreds of millions of pounds. The floods have exposed how this government puts the interests of a rich elite above those of a long-suffering public. It's high time that these 'Eton millionaires' are booted out and an environmentally sustainable plan of flood defences and infrastructure is put in place. "In July 2012 Guardian journalist Damian Carrington identified 294 shovel-ready flood defence schemes that had not proceeded because of cuts.When are you Socialist Going to face up to Reality, 1. The Green Agenda Climate Change would Swallow the Whole Government Budget in any given year, it were to be adhered to without Cautious Spending reviews. 2. You Constantly Attack this Conservative / Liberal cobbled together Gov. As you state. Well, the Libs obviously Came to Milliband b4 agreeing to work with David Cameron to Sort out the Financial Legacy, left by The Labour Incompetence whilst in nos 10 & 11 Downing St..... 3. Hindsight is always a Fantastic Highminded Stance to Comment From!! 4. Labour Placed Lord Chris Smith as Quango Chairman of the Environment Agency @ £2000.00 per week--£100.000 per Annum, Union Leader Bob Crows Remuneration £160k-£180k nice work, or not, if you are able.... 5. Your own Somerset Socialist, are only interested in undermining the Government, in the UK. Through Strikes, and falsely leading workers to follow your doctrines, by heavy handy Union Shop Stewards. 6. Do you not realise, your politics, are about as popular in the UK, as the Raving Monster Luny Party.!!!!! 7. The Government has been right in its approach, with this years Flooding, once they realised that the E Agency had not be up front with their info. The 2012/13 flood was supposed to have been a 1/100 year Event, now in 2014 This devestating flooding to Villages in our county, are abysmal , to those whose homes Businesses, have suffered Water ingress. All you can do is Make Political Mischief!!!! Where is your Socialist Parties, Flood Relief Fund, you call your self Caring, yes, only for your own Self and Ends.!!!! You write you Dribble, criticising the Conservatives, The Libs even the Labour Government, in an attempt to put forward your Socialist Agenda, which is focused on Self Gratification, of your Socialist Thinking. Have you not wondered as to why your thoughts views are in Decline around the World, you are out if Touch with Modern thinking and an Agenda which, is In the 1960-1970's......... Finally, you post your Political Stance from behind a Cloak of Socialist Party Annominity ???????????? Just who are you !!!!!!!?????? How Can I take you seriously, well I do not and Can not.............." David L Preece blue-Owl Blue Owl

9:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Baldbloke says...

awayswing wrote:
Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?
Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river.

Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position.

Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa
rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual...
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?[/p][/quote]Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river. Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position. Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual... Baldbloke

9:03am Thu 20 Feb 14

awayswing says...

Baldbloke wrote:
awayswing wrote:
Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?
Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river.

Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position.

Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa

rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual...
The consequences of the pumping at Dunball should have been thought through while the pumps were on the way from Holland.It is obvious that little thought has been given to Somerset and in particular to the levels.The neglect and indifference that has been perpetrated by the government is a disgrace.They only became interested when the stockbroker belt along the Thames flooded and the news story became international.
[quote][p][bold]Baldbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?[/p][/quote]Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river. Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position. Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual...[/p][/quote]The consequences of the pumping at Dunball should have been thought through while the pumps were on the way from Holland.It is obvious that little thought has been given to Somerset and in particular to the levels.The neglect and indifference that has been perpetrated by the government is a disgrace.They only became interested when the stockbroker belt along the Thames flooded and the news story became international. awayswing

9:05am Thu 20 Feb 14

awayswing says...

Baldbloke wrote:
awayswing wrote:
Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?
Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river.

Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position.

Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa

rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual...
The consequences of the pumping at Dunball should have been thought through while the pumps were on the way from Holland.It is obvious that little thought has been given to Somerset and in particular to the levels.The neglect and indifference that has been perpetrated by the government is a disgrace.They only became interested when the stockbroker belt along the Thames flooded and the news story became international.
[quote][p][bold]Baldbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: Yet another ill thought through plan from the government;pumping has had to stop because the pumps are washing the riverbank away.What sort of engineers are these people?What sort of government employs them?[/p][/quote]Dunball Clyce was in danger of having its foundations undermined by the sheer force of the water being pumped into the Parrett. If the engineers could have foreseen that, I'm sure they would have done something about it before discharging several tonnes of water per second into the river. Had nothing been done and the clyce collapsed, the saltwater Parrett would have flooded the land behind the barrier and undone over 200 years of drainage... fortunately we are not in that position. Oh, and I wish Somerset;SocialistPa rty would stop his/her copy-and-paste antics and start thinking as an individual...[/p][/quote]The consequences of the pumping at Dunball should have been thought through while the pumps were on the way from Holland.It is obvious that little thought has been given to Somerset and in particular to the levels.The neglect and indifference that has been perpetrated by the government is a disgrace.They only became interested when the stockbroker belt along the Thames flooded and the news story became international. awayswing

4:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

no god is best says...

Why is it that our councils waste so much money by having refuse and recycle wagons parked up in yards for 12 plus hours a day and all weekends when over the years there could have had a 2 shift system 7 days a week and only leased half the wagons ..... Then there would have been a few million allocated to be spent on the levels .. But there you go councils have so much common sense they are so bright and clever ... Whether it is local or national government they are all a waste of time ... is it really worth voting??? ... I think not ... I lay a bet that no one voted into any public office has been flooded out ... Thats why they are so understanding ... I don't think... If this was the south east the help would have been queueing up to help from day 1 but no, sorry not here ... Its a part of the country that until now very few people have heard about
Why is it that our councils waste so much money by having refuse and recycle wagons parked up in yards for 12 plus hours a day and all weekends when over the years there could have had a 2 shift system 7 days a week and only leased half the wagons ..... Then there would have been a few million allocated to be spent on the levels .. But there you go councils have so much common sense they are so bright and clever ... Whether it is local or national government they are all a waste of time ... is it really worth voting??? ... I think not ... I lay a bet that no one voted into any public office has been flooded out ... Thats why they are so understanding ... I don't think... If this was the south east the help would have been queueing up to help from day 1 but no, sorry not here ... Its a part of the country that until now very few people have heard about no god is best

4:11pm Mon 24 Feb 14

off-grid says...

Pumps that shift thousands of tons of water require tanker after tanker load of diesel fuel to keep them running. Given that burning fossil fuels is what caused climate change in the first place, this response is ultimately futile.
Pumps that shift thousands of tons of water require tanker after tanker load of diesel fuel to keep them running. Given that burning fossil fuels is what caused climate change in the first place, this response is ultimately futile. off-grid

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