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floods

Postby splodger » Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:47 pm

being so topical - thought it deserved a thread of its own

whats your thoughts on the recent flooding?
climate change? freak of nature? lack of funding? EA failure?

what's your thoughts on using woodland to help reduce future flooding?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25864631

would you willingly have your wood flooded - to stop flooding downstream?
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Re: floods

Postby Dexter's Shed » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:02 pm

mines already muddy as **** enough water there thank you
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Re: floods

Postby oldclaypaws » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:35 pm

One UKIP guy was suspended for suggesting it was a curse from God in punishment for the Tories allowing gay marriage. :?

If so, this provides an opportunity. We should ask the Saudi's to stop stoning gays, ask them to legalise it and hold gay weddings in the middle of the desert, and then it'll rain there and not here. Flourishing oasis, happy all round, win win surely?

Failing that, can anyone find a 10,000 sq mile sized umbrella on Evilbay? Or, we could start looking for the plughole on the Somerset levels?

Its gonna be a record year for Mosquitos. Let's just hope that with warmer summers, malaria doesn't make the jump from the continent- it used to be common in Italy and the Med. There'll be lots of interesting lovely bacteria multiplying in all the water, especially after all the sewage swimming around- expect various plagues to do the rounds later on. Lots of dogs got campylobacta off the 'levels last spring- very nasty and potentially lethal.

Seriously, there's going to be loads of E Coli in all the fields, getting on the crops. In countries with poor sewage systems or where they put raw sewage on the fields, like India, it leads to lots of digestive infections. :(
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Re: floods

Postby oldclaypaws » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:47 pm

If anyone thinks talk of infection off the floods is alarmist, when the Severn flooded Tewkesbury & Gloucs a few years back, it lead to the death of a friend of mine- Eddy Hopkins, a very talented and humble potter. He fell off the roof of his bungalow into the flood a few times before being winched off by a helicopter. A few days later he died of a lung infection, caused by the water he swallowed. Lovely bloke and a sad loss.

Stay out of flood water, its filthy and literally full of *rap !!

http://interpretingceramics.com/issue009/articles/eddie_hopkins.htm
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Re: floods

Postby Andy M » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:07 pm

oldclaypaws wrote:If anyone thinks talk of infection off the floods is alarmist, when the Severn flooded Tewkesbury & Gloucs a few years back, it lead to the death of a friend of mine- Eddy Hopkins, a very talented and humble potter. He fell off the roof of his bungalow into the flood a few times before being winched off by a helicopter. A few days later he died of a lung infection, caused by the water he swallowed. Lovely bloke and a sad loss.

Stay out of flood water, its filthy and literally full of *rap !!

http://interpretingceramics.com/issue009/articles/eddie_hopkins.htm


Very sad.

However, I must point out that there is a difference between inhaling/ingesting floodwater when falling in and bacteria persisting when conditions are back to normal.

Malaria used to be around in the Norfolk Broads until the 1950s. It depends on the anopheles mosquito becoming re-established - our sort is the culex type which does not carry malaria.
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Re: floods

Postby The Barrowers » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:19 pm

Hello What about the areation of the ground, Are the worms not all drowned?
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Re: floods

Postby oldclaypaws » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:36 pm

Earthworms can survive for several weeks under water providing there is sufficient oxygen in the water to support them. They surface as a response to high relative humidity after rain because they can move around safely without drying out.
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Re: floods

Postby Meadowcopse » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:08 pm

I knowingly bought a floodplain meadow to transplant my orchard trees into, they've been fine the last few years and an old established orchard is quite happy at the same ground level on the opposite bank, as well as a 40 foot tall walnut tree and other traditional hedgerow trees and shrubs...

This year the water is no deeper, but has hung around longer and with heavier flow rates.

The two dark lumps about a gate distance apart in the video below are the gatepost tops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOPDbSvTU4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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