Dutch pumps set to be switched off in Levels pumping operation

Chard & Ilminster News: Dutch pumps set to be switched off in Levels pumping operation Dutch pumps set to be switched off in Levels pumping operation

FOUR heavy duty Dutch pumps which have been used to clear flood water from the Somerset Levels are to be switched off and returned to Holland.

The Environment Agency says the pumps, which have been running at Huntworth for weeks, are no longer deemed necessary.

Eight pumps continue to work at Dunball and Beer Wall, as ‘considerable concerns’ remain about huge volumes of water near Langport, Northmoor and around the A361.

The pumping operation has been helped by recent good weather, but a lot of water remains on fields across the Levels.

A spokesman for the EA confirmed the pumping operation looks set to continue through the rest of March and into early April.

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8:02am Tue 11 Mar 14

awayswing says...

If the four pumps to be moved are not needed where they are would it not be better to move them to where pumping is still going on?Does this have something to do with keeping costs down rather than pumping the water off the levels more quickly?
If the four pumps to be moved are not needed where they are would it not be better to move them to where pumping is still going on?Does this have something to do with keeping costs down rather than pumping the water off the levels more quickly? awayswing
  • Score: 7

11:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner.
If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin
g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl.
I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner. If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors. David L Preece Blue- Owl. Blue Owl
  • Score: -4

1:40am Wed 12 Mar 14

Three Pots Derek says...

Blue Owl wrote:
I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner.
If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin

g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl.
Couldn't agree more it seems like common sense to keep the pumps if possible, but certainly use them with the others to speed up flood removal. Or is it down to cost over common sense.
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner. If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors. David L Preece Blue- Owl.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more it seems like common sense to keep the pumps if possible, but certainly use them with the others to speed up flood removal. Or is it down to cost over common sense. Three Pots Derek
  • Score: 2

7:42am Wed 12 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner.
If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin

g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors.
David L Preece
Blue- Owl.
Owl, you make a decent point and then follow it up with some Daily Mail type twaddle about "heavy rainfalls certain to hit us again".

There is nothing "certain" about any weather event and despite having a wet winter last year and this year being the wettest on record there is just as much likelihood of next winter being dry and cold. Do you have such a short memory that you forget the hosepipe ban from just before last years wet winter due to an exceptionally dry year?

Yes, changes to the management of the levels needs to be implemented asap but lets not get carried away with the fact that the weather is as unpredictable and random as your muddled thought processes
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: I agree, use them in another Situ, if the immediate threat of flooding has been eleviated, then put them elsewhere, to reduce the Water -Levels Quicker, so residents can get back to their Properties Sooner. If these Pumps are able to be retained for the future @ a cost that is acceptable, then why send back second hand Pumps that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again, in the 3rd 1/100 year exceptional year........Accordin g to the E Agency.....whom, become less and less a credible organisation, the more they divulge, as to future Options, in dealing with the Floods in Somerset, levels, and Moors. David L Preece Blue- Owl.[/p][/quote]Owl, you make a decent point and then follow it up with some Daily Mail type twaddle about "heavy rainfalls certain to hit us again". There is nothing "certain" about any weather event and despite having a wet winter last year and this year being the wettest on record there is just as much likelihood of next winter being dry and cold. Do you have such a short memory that you forget the hosepipe ban from just before last years wet winter due to an exceptionally dry year? Yes, changes to the management of the levels needs to be implemented asap but lets not get carried away with the fact that the weather is as unpredictable and random as your muddled thought processes freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 7

8:57am Wed 12 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level.
Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you
£100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic!
I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up.

One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!!
For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content.
I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !!
Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!
!!!!!
Blue - Owl
David. L Preece
Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???
Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ??? Blue Owl
  • Score: -7

10:12am Wed 12 Mar 14

Useacarpark.com says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level.
Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you
£100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic!
I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up.

One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!!
For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content.
I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !!
Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

!!!!!
Blue - Owl
David. L Preece
Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???
You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry!
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???[/p][/quote]You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry! Useacarpark.com
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level.
Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you
£100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic!
I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up.

One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!!
For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content.
I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !!
Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

!!!!!
Blue - Owl
David. L Preece
Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???
You are a funny old thing Owl

if you re-read your initial post (and I quote)

"...... that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again...."

and your follow up (and I quote)

"....... that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......."

you will understand where I'm coming from. I sometimes wonder whether you sit at home having arguments with your self!

My (valid) point still stands that you should never bank on the weather behaving in an orderly manner and therefore any money spent on preventative measures for future flooding events should take this into account.

Next winter get your self a nice piece of seaweed and a fir cone - I guarantee hours of endless fun
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???[/p][/quote]You are a funny old thing Owl if you re-read your initial post (and I quote) "...... that are better left here for Next Years Heavy rainfalls, certain to Hit us again...." and your follow up (and I quote) "....... that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......." you will understand where I'm coming from. I sometimes wonder whether you sit at home having arguments with your self! My (valid) point still stands that you should never bank on the weather behaving in an orderly manner and therefore any money spent on preventative measures for future flooding events should take this into account. Next winter get your self a nice piece of seaweed and a fir cone - I guarantee hours of endless fun freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

So Freddie ?? M u reporter, you are saying we do nothing, make no provisions for the possible 3rd year of these extreme Rainfalls. Your statement that we can not bank on weather behaving in an orderly manner, well that statement is Obvious !!!!, But surely to do nothing or little, is criminal, like the Environment Agency, spending money on Wetlands and Bird Sanctuaries, rather than protect the peoples homes, and Businesses, which are not. Built on Flood Plains.....Thank goodness, Bridgwater, did not get flooded, or the Westonzoyland Substation, which transfer the Electricity to Wiltshire and up to the Midlands for National Grid.
I have no qualifications, as I have stated before, but having Listened, learned from the Experts, in and around our District, of Sedgemoor, all sides , all inputs, So-Called Experts, who are responsible, who ignore others equally Qualified, with Local Knowledge, expertise. Experience, the Parrett Drainage Board Members, who between them have 150 years experience,in the Dredging and Watercourse Management, of our Ditches and Rhines
Ask the Folks who's properties have been Flooded since Christmas, they know they were left to the Flood Waters, by the Environment Agency..Moorland, had not flooded Before, the E A planned to sacrifice the residents, to save Bridgwater, so they knew, but did not give the Residents the Heads Up.........Criminal, will the E Agency Pay, course not !!!!!
The report, I posted, a few weeks ago, was last February 2013, which after the 2012 Floods, the Consortium of Drainage Boards, wrote to the E A, stating that the Parrett and the Tone need to be Dredged "The Entire Lengths"
to return the River Capacity's to their 1960 Capacities, at present they are only capable of holding 60-65%.
We, have the Designated Flood Plains, with the right Water Management, and the Provision to pump excess water of these Flood Plains, we would have some of the answers, in place, as an immediate Fix, within the first Year, ahead of next Winters Possible Rainfall, unpredictable as that is !!!!!
You all also seem not to take into account the hundreds of acres of Pasture, dairy Farms, arable Land, producing a large amount of our Food Stock, not only here in the Somerset area. This land will not recover, this Spring, nor Summer, and the water took 3 Months last year to be pumped of the Land. The Grass is Dead, poisonous, the land will be unfit for 6-9 Months for grazing or getting Tractors on to Plough for even Winter Crops.
Freddie, try getting of your arse, and doing something, all you seem to do is pick my posts to pieces, what a sad life you lead. !!!!!!!
Blue -Owl
David l Preece
So Freddie ?? M u reporter, you are saying we do nothing, make no provisions for the possible 3rd year of these extreme Rainfalls. Your statement that we can not bank on weather behaving in an orderly manner, well that statement is Obvious !!!!, But surely to do nothing or little, is criminal, like the Environment Agency, spending money on Wetlands and Bird Sanctuaries, rather than protect the peoples homes, and Businesses, which are not. Built on Flood Plains.....Thank goodness, Bridgwater, did not get flooded, or the Westonzoyland Substation, which transfer the Electricity to Wiltshire and up to the Midlands for National Grid. I have no qualifications, as I have stated before, but having Listened, learned from the Experts, in and around our District, of Sedgemoor, all sides , all inputs, So-Called Experts, who are responsible, who ignore others equally Qualified, with Local Knowledge, expertise. Experience, the Parrett Drainage Board Members, who between them have 150 years experience,in the Dredging and Watercourse Management, of our Ditches and Rhines Ask the Folks who's properties have been Flooded since Christmas, they know they were left to the Flood Waters, by the Environment Agency..Moorland, had not flooded Before, the E A planned to sacrifice the residents, to save Bridgwater, so they knew, but did not give the Residents the Heads Up.........Criminal, will the E Agency Pay, course not !!!!! The report, I posted, a few weeks ago, was last February 2013, which after the 2012 Floods, the Consortium of Drainage Boards, wrote to the E A, stating that the Parrett and the Tone need to be Dredged "The Entire Lengths" to return the River Capacity's to their 1960 Capacities, at present they are only capable of holding 60-65%. We, have the Designated Flood Plains, with the right Water Management, and the Provision to pump excess water of these Flood Plains, we would have some of the answers, in place, as an immediate Fix, within the first Year, ahead of next Winters Possible Rainfall, unpredictable as that is !!!!! You all also seem not to take into account the hundreds of acres of Pasture, dairy Farms, arable Land, producing a large amount of our Food Stock, not only here in the Somerset area. This land will not recover, this Spring, nor Summer, and the water took 3 Months last year to be pumped of the Land. The Grass is Dead, poisonous, the land will be unfit for 6-9 Months for grazing or getting Tractors on to Plough for even Winter Crops. Freddie, try getting of your arse, and doing something, all you seem to do is pick my posts to pieces, what a sad life you lead. !!!!!!! Blue -Owl David l Preece Blue Owl
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

No Owl, I am not saying we do nothing and as I originally stated, changes to the management of the levels needs to be implemented asap. As to what form this takes, what work is undertaken and who has the responsibility for managing the process I can offer you no firm answers but whatever is done needs to be put into perspective regarding the cost versus the benefits gained.

Can I make a small suggestion to you personally. I do think you would gain a lot more respect and less animosity if you stopped coming across like a know it all playground bully with a bad attitude, read what you wrote before pressing the "post comment" button and stopped being so aggressive. You do yourself no favours whatsoever old bird
No Owl, I am not saying we do nothing and as I originally stated, changes to the management of the levels needs to be implemented asap. As to what form this takes, what work is undertaken and who has the responsibility for managing the process I can offer you no firm answers but whatever is done needs to be put into perspective regarding the cost versus the benefits gained. Can I make a small suggestion to you personally. I do think you would gain a lot more respect and less animosity if you stopped coming across like a know it all playground bully with a bad attitude, read what you wrote before pressing the "post comment" button and stopped being so aggressive. You do yourself no favours whatsoever old bird freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 12

8:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Usercarpark.com. How nice for you to sit warm and Snug, not affected by these terrible conditions that our fellow residents have had to endure, over two successive years now, with next years potential returning rains.
We all want money spent on those listed by yourself, but to whose detriment, next year, unless measures are put in place, which the Environment Agency have stated they are not to change their ways, and still are determined not to Dredge the Parrett, in its entire length, as the residents , Farmers, local Groups, District Councils, require to be Done.
It has been the Lowering of the Spill Way, on the Brue, by the E Agency, that has caused the Tone to Overspill, onto the surrounding Farmland and Local Parishes, Hamlets. BurrowBridge, and Moorland Village.
SCC and the E Agency, have allowed the rest of Somerset, to be under water for 3-4 months now, to stop Taunton from Flooding. As 2 years of having Vivary Park, awash with water........we are getting consistently wetter, winters, and dryer Summers, So why are we not building Water Storage Lagoons to retain the Excess Winter rainfall, to use in the Summer when we are having Droughts..??
Your condescending comment about your Primary Schoolistic, Seasons, are
Treated with the Contempt you posted them. As I am well aware, weather patterns Change, as they have recently, there is " Global Warming " Caused by ?????? Read what ever theory you like, but, one thing that is certain, it is far better to be Pro -Active, than Re-Active, like the Horse and the Stable Door, " I Could Have Told you So......."
Funny, I remember in 1963 we had 6-7 Foot of Snow !!!! This Last 50 years, tell me when we had more than 6 inches.....Have you been out to Moorland, or BurrowBridge, and offered help and Support, Bet not, did you Notice your Fellow Postee!! Never took me up on the Bet !!!!!
I shall be out their, helping a pensioner friend, clean and Salvage what he can from the Mess of his house that had 4 foot of Silt, mud, sewerage through its entire ground floor, as he had less than 4 hours to leave his home, as it was the Police Helicopter flying over Moorland that alerted the Residents to leave , not the E, Agency, on the ground.
David L Preece
Blue -Owl.
Of Course, there is the other Saying " I'm all right Jack" or Freddie, or the rest of those Taunton Residents who live on the Blackdown hills above Taunton..
Usercarpark.com. How nice for you to sit warm and Snug, not affected by these terrible conditions that our fellow residents have had to endure, over two successive years now, with next years potential returning rains. We all want money spent on those listed by yourself, but to whose detriment, next year, unless measures are put in place, which the Environment Agency have stated they are not to change their ways, and still are determined not to Dredge the Parrett, in its entire length, as the residents , Farmers, local Groups, District Councils, require to be Done. It has been the Lowering of the Spill Way, on the Brue, by the E Agency, that has caused the Tone to Overspill, onto the surrounding Farmland and Local Parishes, Hamlets. BurrowBridge, and Moorland Village. SCC and the E Agency, have allowed the rest of Somerset, to be under water for 3-4 months now, to stop Taunton from Flooding. As 2 years of having Vivary Park, awash with water........we are getting consistently wetter, winters, and dryer Summers, So why are we not building Water Storage Lagoons to retain the Excess Winter rainfall, to use in the Summer when we are having Droughts..?? Your condescending comment about your Primary Schoolistic, Seasons, are Treated with the Contempt you posted them. As I am well aware, weather patterns Change, as they have recently, there is " Global Warming " Caused by ?????? Read what ever theory you like, but, one thing that is certain, it is far better to be Pro -Active, than Re-Active, like the Horse and the Stable Door, " I Could Have Told you So......." Funny, I remember in 1963 we had 6-7 Foot of Snow !!!! This Last 50 years, tell me when we had more than 6 inches.....Have you been out to Moorland, or BurrowBridge, and offered help and Support, Bet not, did you Notice your Fellow Postee!! Never took me up on the Bet !!!!! I shall be out their, helping a pensioner friend, clean and Salvage what he can from the Mess of his house that had 4 foot of Silt, mud, sewerage through its entire ground floor, as he had less than 4 hours to leave his home, as it was the Police Helicopter flying over Moorland that alerted the Residents to leave , not the E, Agency, on the ground. David L Preece Blue -Owl. Of Course, there is the other Saying " I'm all right Jack" or Freddie, or the rest of those Taunton Residents who live on the Blackdown hills above Taunton.. Blue Owl
  • Score: -5

1:10am Thu 13 Mar 14

bridgyt@ says...

not sure what is worse...
the ranting attention seeking idiot
or the smug troll
not sure what is worse... the ranting attention seeking idiot or the smug troll bridgyt@
  • Score: 3

6:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

bridgyt@ wrote:
not sure what is worse...
the ranting attention seeking idiot
or the smug troll
I'm voting for the ranting attention seeking idiot
[quote][p][bold]bridgyt@[/bold] wrote: not sure what is worse... the ranting attention seeking idiot or the smug troll[/p][/quote]I'm voting for the ranting attention seeking idiot freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 5

7:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

TAGuy says...

Blue Owl, your experts at the drainage board, could these be the same experts who worked for many a year at the Environmental Agency including when dredging was stopped?

You say they are determined not to dredge but they have released statements to say dredging is going to start as soon aa possible on 8km of the Parrett and Tone!

The 'bird sanctuary' was built to replace habitat lost constructing defences to keep the water out elsewhere. If it were noy built there would of been fines from Europe. By the way it has also increased the protection to properties in Steart and the access road.

Still lets not let facts get in the way huh?
Blue Owl, your experts at the drainage board, could these be the same experts who worked for many a year at the Environmental Agency including when dredging was stopped? You say they are determined not to dredge but they have released statements to say dredging is going to start as soon aa possible on 8km of the Parrett and Tone! The 'bird sanctuary' was built to replace habitat lost constructing defences to keep the water out elsewhere. If it were noy built there would of been fines from Europe. By the way it has also increased the protection to properties in Steart and the access road. Still lets not let facts get in the way huh? TAGuy
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Why should anybody who has the audacity to challenge Mr Blue Owl, self appointed fountain of all knowledge, be considered to be a "troll"? Any questioning automatically leads to an over the top and disproportionate reaction which is largely uncalled for. I do not pretend to be an expert on land drainage or flooding but have attempted to educate myself and am yet to be convinced that dredging will resolve this issue. Frankly the suggestion that the whole 37 miles of the Parrett including the widest parts be dredged is quite ridiculous. Even the experts who support dredging accept that dredging up stream can lead to greater volumes of water coming down quicker and putting parts of Bridgwater at much greater risk.
Why should anybody who has the audacity to challenge Mr Blue Owl, self appointed fountain of all knowledge, be considered to be a "troll"? Any questioning automatically leads to an over the top and disproportionate reaction which is largely uncalled for. I do not pretend to be an expert on land drainage or flooding but have attempted to educate myself and am yet to be convinced that dredging will resolve this issue. Frankly the suggestion that the whole 37 miles of the Parrett including the widest parts be dredged is quite ridiculous. Even the experts who support dredging accept that dredging up stream can lead to greater volumes of water coming down quicker and putting parts of Bridgwater at much greater risk. Bridgy old Boy
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6:55pm Thu 13 Mar 14

MR.GOF says...

Useacarpark.com wrote:
Blue Owl wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???
You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry!
what a joke ,so you live on a hill then far away from a river,i`m alright jack......
well how many people live in bridgwater ect,26 million for a barrage is not a lot of money.

It`s about time this town, moorland, get`s something to save thousands of home`s.what`s going to happen if this town goes under?
[quote][p][bold]Useacarpark.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???[/p][/quote]You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry![/p][/quote]what a joke ,so you live on a hill then far away from a river,i`m alright jack...... well how many people live in bridgwater ect,26 million for a barrage is not a lot of money. It`s about time this town, moorland, get`s something to save thousands of home`s.what`s going to happen if this town goes under? MR.GOF
  • Score: 0

9:29am Fri 14 Mar 14

awayswing says...

MR.GOF wrote:
Useacarpark.com wrote:
Blue Owl wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???
You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry!
what a joke ,so you live on a hill then far away from a river,i`m alright jack......
well how many people live in bridgwater ect,26 million for a barrage is not a lot of money.

It`s about time this town, moorland, get`s something to save thousands of home`s.what`s going to happen if this town goes under?
If Bridgwater goes under,as you put it,the government would give a completely inadequate amount of money and tell us to find the rest.This would be after they had said that money was no object in rectifying things or cleaning up or for future flood prevention.
[quote][p][bold]MR.GOF[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Useacarpark.com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Freddie **** over the counter, Moronic Reporter. !! There now. I've come down to your Level. Why, am I not allowed to make a comment without your post in out put, finding fault with what I post, I will put my Money where my Post is, with you £100.00 to the Masonic Flood Appeal Fund, that's right Masonic, Not Moronic! I will stand by my thought Process, that the probability, of us having similar heavy Fluvial rain fall patterns as in the last 2 Years, are of course, not certain, but possible......... so, Freddie !!!! PUT UP Or Shut Up. One day, you will become Pro -Active, rather than re-Active, feeding off my Post, have you no Brain thought Process yourself.......!!! For you information, the News. Papers I read, are WD Press, Times, as Occasional Daily, the Mercury, as a Comic, light relief on a Tuesday, the Taunton Gazette on Fridays, much more Content. I have suggested to Alec Cameron The Ed in Taunton, that the 2 Papers should be merged, to give a better read. But fell on deaf ears, possibly, as I suggested a RedTop Banner, as it is So Far Too The Left, as are you !! Good Night zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! !!!!! Blue - Owl David. L Preece Watch Out. There's A LOAD OF ABUSE a coming my WAY !!! NOW ???[/p][/quote]You are completely right owl person, we shouldn't listen to the environment agency or other professional bodies, instead we should spend millions of tax payers money dredging a river because the yocals who chose to live on a flood plain think it will work.......what are your credentials in water removal from flood plains? I'm guessing none! My meteorological qualifications from primary school are that we have 4 seasons and it kind of goes like this; winter -cold/wet, spring - mild/damp, summer - warm/dry...ish, autumn - cooler/bit wet. Can't we just accept what the weather does and work around it and let it sort itself out naturally? I'm getting bored of spending money trying to stop nature, why can't we just live around it and not try and control it! We are clearly fighting a losing battle with flooding and coastal erosion. I'd prefer to see this money spent on hospitals, infrastructure, curing cancer etc, not keeping a minuscule percentage of the population dry![/p][/quote]what a joke ,so you live on a hill then far away from a river,i`m alright jack...... well how many people live in bridgwater ect,26 million for a barrage is not a lot of money. It`s about time this town, moorland, get`s something to save thousands of home`s.what`s going to happen if this town goes under?[/p][/quote]If Bridgwater goes under,as you put it,the government would give a completely inadequate amount of money and tell us to find the rest.This would be after they had said that money was no object in rectifying things or cleaning up or for future flood prevention. awayswing
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