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#1 katita

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:15 AM

Hi all - just a quick note to make sure all you British members are okay - I hear the Thames is rising fast and flood is everywhere and there's no clean drinking water for many.

Hope you are all doing okay and BEST WISHES for a speedy dry-out!! biggrin.gif

If there's anything we can do, let us know.


Best ever, Katita


#2 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:14 PM

Hello Katita.... smile.gif

Many, many thanks for your concern, it is so kind of you.

Here in our part of Derbyshire we have been very, very lucky, the ground is just so wet and we are all learning to live with webb feet but so far no homes have been flooded.

South of us is a different story......This is a quote from the newspaper today.

More than 500,000 people are without water, power or homes, and experts have warned that "the worst is yet to come" from fast-rising rivers.

Roads are blocked and miles of countryside are under water.

The people of Oxfordshire are preparing for the worst today as the river is rising fast.

The town of Tewkesbury has been the worst affected with thousands of people losing their homes.

Water and food parcels are being handed out, and people are being air lifted from their homes. The RSPCA are in action saving stranded animals.

Today has been a fine one for us but more rain is forcast tonight......So lets all keep our fingers crossed for the poor people in the worst affected areas.

Margaret

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 03:54 PM

Oh my goodness! ohmy.gif Thoughts and prayers are with all the people in these areas!

Thank you for the info Margaret! Stay dry smile.gif

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:11 PM

Margaret,
Thank you for mentioning that the animals are being rescued as well rolleyes.gif They never tell you important things like that in news reports.

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#5 VEGAS LADY

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 05:11 PM

Its not just domestic animals that they have to rescue. As a large area of farming land is underwater most of the work involves cows, sheep and horses.

On Saturday my husband and I came back from France and travelled up England from the south. A lot of these poor creatures were stranded on small banks of land surrounded by water.....it was so upsetting to see them.

One thing you can be sure of is,that all the animal rescue associations will be doing their best to get them all to safety.

Margaret

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 08:09 PM

Thanks a whole bunch Margaret for keeping us up to date.
So glad you and your husband are OK and safe.
My prayers are with you, your beautiful country and the animals too.

Gigi

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 10:27 PM

Thank you for letting us know, and please keep us posted here.

I really worry about things like this... sad.gif

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:06 AM

As Margaret has said, we are all walking around with webbed feet! London
is dry today! No summer as yet! Waiting to see what happens with the Thames in places like Henley which are not too far out of London.


No-one is missing anything by not coming to our neck of the woods right now!

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Posted 02 August 2007 - 10:16 AM


We flew down to Birmingham last Friday for an antique fair and noticed a few of the dealers were missing. One who was there had photographs of his home showing the water up to the top of his front door. The most awful thing I saw on the news was a lady in Wales who's two cats had drowned as they couldn't get out of her house. She was in tears - and so was I. So sad. Why do the councils insist on building on flood plains!!!!!


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Posted 02 August 2007 - 02:56 PM

Nancy,
It's greed. We have a similar problem in Florida - builders get approval to put new houses in flood areas. They add a pile of dirt and it gets re-zoned. They fill in ponds and pave over them. (They also paved over live gopher tortoises in their burrows, but a law was recently passed to stop that. )The builders don't care because they make money and the problems will occur years after the homes are sold. The local government approves it because it will swell their tax coffers. The insurers are now charging homeowners so much that it costs more than some mortgage payments. Then people default and the homes are vacant. Home values go down and everyone is unhappy. The legislature is blaming it on the insurers and trying to find a fix, but they let the buildings go up in the first place. Sorry, this is a long response to your comment! I feel bad for that lady's kitties, too. But I wouldn't leave my two cats alone if I knew it could flood...believe it or not, they are more precious to me than all my EL solid compacts!
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QUOTE(Nancy @ Aug 2 2007, 03:16 PM)

We flew down to Birmingham last Friday for an antique fair and noticed a few of the dealers were missing. One who was there had photographs of his home showing the water up to the top of his front door. The most awful thing I saw on the news was a lady in Wales who's two cats had drowned as they couldn't get out of her house. She was in tears - and so was I. So sad. Why do the councils insist on building on flood plains!!!!!

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Posted 04 August 2007 - 01:41 PM

Hello Ar,

Is that what causes the Sink Holes in Florida? Sorry if I am a bit vague but I have been told about this before...........

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 11:07 AM

Florida is built on limestone with streams of water running deep below. When there's a drought or too much demand for water (or just nature taking over), the limestone buckles and the ground caves in. They mostly cause cracks in foundations but have been known to swallow cars and homes. THe solution is costly - install steel rods and pump cement into the ground, then fix the damage to the structure.
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QUOTE(Jacqueline @ Aug 4 2007, 06:41 PM)
Hello Ar,

Is that what causes the Sink Holes in Florida?  Sorry if I am a bit vague but I have been told about this before...........

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#13 Petals

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 03:22 PM

Thanks Ar..........very interesting to read. Appreciate!




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