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Thames reaches record water levels (Updated) London Floods
02-10-2014, 01:38 PM #1
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Several water gauges along the River Thames have measured record levels as flood waters continue to rise.

Sixteen severe flood warnings are in place, including 14 in Berkshire and Surrey with police warning 2,500 homes are at risk and two in Somerset.

The Environment Agency is warning of rising water in the Somerset Levels.

Its chairman Lord Smith, has hit back at critics, saying his staff knew "100 times" more about flooding than any politician.

"I have kept my counsel up to now, but when I hear someone criticising the expertise and the professionalism of my staff in the Environment Agency, who know 100 times more about flood risk management than any politician ever does, I'm afraid I'm not going to sit idly by, " he said.

"The Environment Agency is bound by the rules that are laid down by government."

He was speaking after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said ministers had been given bad advice over river dredging.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26111598

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02-10-2014, 01:44 PM #2
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Political bickering and blame throwing will certainly help in this situation. 15.gif

We all know global warming did it. damned.gif

Messed up! Is London under any flood threat?
02-10-2014, 01:59 PM #3
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(02-10-2014, 01:38 PM)NODOOM Wrote:  Its chairman Lord Smith, has hit back at critics, saying his staff knew "100 times" more about flooding than any politician.

He's right, I found a photo of one of them.

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02-10-2014, 02:06 PM #4
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We have severe flooding in the western districts of London as of last night!!

It seems we really are sinking! gaah.gif

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02-10-2014, 02:20 PM #5
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26114645

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02-10-2014, 02:57 PM #6
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(02-10-2014, 02:06 PM)NODOOM Wrote:  We have severe flooding in the western districts of London as of last night!!

It seems we really are sinking! gaah.gif

Is the winter warming or colder than usual?

The EurAsia weather is supposed to start getting 3 degrees below normal.
02-10-2014, 03:06 PM #7
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I believe it's been warmer and definitely wetter in the UK. +4 C here right now and it was raining last night. We usually experience our coldest temps in February.
02-10-2014, 04:04 PM #8
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We have not had any sub zero temps here as of yet. Just wet, gales and rain rain rain! gaah.gif

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02-10-2014, 07:59 PM #9
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Homes evacuated as swollen Thames keeps rising

Here we go !

Police have declared a 'major incident' in east Berkshire as the Environment Agency issues 14 severe flood warnings

Flooded homes along the River Thames are being evacuated and thousands more are at risk, with water levels expected to rise further over the next 24 hours.

Residents in one Berkshire village say the scenes are from a "horror movie".

Fourteen severe flood warnings are in place in Berkshire and Surrey, while two remain in Somerset.

PM David Cameron - who is in flood-hit Dorset - said it was not the time to change personnel amid criticism of Environment Agency head Lord Smith.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been answering an urgent question put by Labour in the Commons on the flooding crisis.

Homes in the Berkshire village of Datchet are underwater and hundreds more along the lower River Thames, as far as Shepperton, are under threat, the Environment Agency says.

Photo's from western districts of London !!!!

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02-11-2014, 01:08 PM #10
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Aerial footage shows the extent of flooding along the Thames

More severe weather is expected to hit flood-stricken parts of the UK later, as the prime minister continues a tour of the worst-affected areas.

Fourteen severe flood warnings remain in place in Berkshire and Surrey, and two in Somerset.

There is a stronger amber warning - meaning "be prepared" - for wind for Wednesday with "possible gusts of 80mph or more in exposed areas" areas of the South West.

BBC weather forecaster Laura Gilchrist said deep areas of low pressure on Wednesday could bring, potentially, the strongest wind so far this winter.

'Major incident'
The warning comes after Monday saw further homes flooded and properties along the River Thames evacuated with warnings that thousands were more at risk.

Alanna Burns, of Chertsey in Surrey, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme water levels were still rising, and there were not enough officials around and no sandbags.

Residents have been left like "sitting ducks waiting for it to happen", she said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26131515

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Why is it happening?
The UK's weather is dominated by the jet stream. This narrow band of fast-flowing air high in the atmosphere is driven by temperature differences between cold air to the north and warm air to the south. This winter that contrast has been particularly large, creating a strong jet stream driving across the Atlantic.

Variations in the jet stream - such as curvature or changes in speed - can drive the development of storms. The faster the jet stream, the greater force behind these variations - and that's meant a conveyor belt of storms coming to the UK.

Usually the jet stream would oscillate in large waves as it circles the globe at our latitude, allowing for varied weather patterns throughout a season and bringing us our typically changeable British weather. Occasionally the jet stream will stagnate into a particular pattern - in this case strong and straight - which leads to the weather maintaining a certain pattern - in this case stormy.

The UK is especially sensitive to Atlantic weather systems driven in by the jet stream, being an island positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the large land mass of continental Europe. It is under the influence of five different air masses, each with its own character. This makes its weather distinctly variable.

But this hasn't just been an active time for weather in the UK. Much of Europe has been feeling the effects of Atlantic storms too. Recently there has been flooding in France, large snowfall in Germany and Slovenia and large waves have been affecting Portugal and Spain too.

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02-11-2014, 01:12 PM #11
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West London.

This used to be the terrace of a pub!

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02-11-2014, 05:48 PM #12
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02-11-2014, 08:08 PM #13
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Flooded areas of London !!!!!

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Floods: Hundreds evacuated and thousands more at risk

About 1,000 homes on the River Thames have been evacuated and thousands more people are at risk from flooding, the Environment Agency has said.

There is currently 410 tonnes of water passing through Staines every second, the spokesman added.

People are being evacuated from properties near to Walton Bridge by the Army.

Soldiers from the Royal Engineers are also helping residents in Thames Meadow, near Shepperton.

Runnymede Council has set up a 24-hour rest centre to provide shelter for residents.

Rail passengers to the west of London have also faced major disruption because of the flooding.

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02-12-2014, 12:26 AM #14
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Here is a mate of mines golf club , cant have the 19th hole threatened ! bring in diggers, build stop banks--- and the boat on the left brings in the grog


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02-12-2014, 12:33 AM #15
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Not very pleasant golf weather I have to say.



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