County braces for more rain

Salisbury Journal: County braces for more rain County braces for more rain

FLOOD warnings remain in place across south Wiltshire with more rain on its way.

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for Salisbury Cathedral Close, Leaden Hall School, St Nicholas Road, De Vaux Place, The Friary, Greyfriars Close, Eyres Way, Cathedral Court, Carmelite Way and Wiltshire College Salisbury.

And staff at Salisbury Museum have put sandbags in place and moved exhibits away from the most vulnerable areas.

There are also flood warnings in place for the River Avon at Downton, especially at South Lane, The Borough, Green Lane and Orchard View; the River Wylye at Codford St Peter, Wyle and Great Wishford; the River Avon from Upavon to Amesbury, including Durrington and Bulford; Britford, Charlton All Saints and Fordingbridge; and Great Durnford and the Woodford Valley.

There are less serious flood alerts in place for many other areas of south Wiltshire. Environment secretary Owen Paterson said: “The worst of the bad weather is not yet over so I’ve chaired an emergency meeting of all departments involved to make sure that preparations to respond are in hand.

“Our flood defences have worked very well and have protected 205,000 homes at risk.

“I’d like to thank the Environment Agency, local councils, public utilities and emergency services who have worked tirelessly over the last week. “I would urge all those in at risk areas to sign up to the Environment Agency warnings and listen to advice being issued.”

Wiltshire Police are urging motorists to take extra care as many roads have standing water.

For more information and updates, visit environment-agency.gov.uk.

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10:29am Wed 8 Jan 14

Richard Clewer says...

The river came pretty close to peoples houses in Ashley Road as well. Fortunately the latest briefing suggests the problem is easing today.

More concerning is that there is further rain forecast this evening and later in the week.
The river came pretty close to peoples houses in Ashley Road as well. Fortunately the latest briefing suggests the problem is easing today. More concerning is that there is further rain forecast this evening and later in the week. Richard Clewer

3:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

gingin says...

We need to thank the Environment Agency for their tireless work together with all the other groups who have helped save so many properties. Perhaps the Government will rethink its cuts to the Environment Agency as where would we be without them?
We need to thank the Environment Agency for their tireless work together with all the other groups who have helped save so many properties. Perhaps the Government will rethink its cuts to the Environment Agency as where would we be without them? gingin

6:48pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Morello says...

Clearly the Environment Agency must have been "working tirelessly" somewhere else because the valleys outside the city have hardly seen anyone at all.

And the Council were, of course, totally absent when the floods were arriving. Now that the worst is over they're sticking up flood signs. But we're not alone as that bloke from Malmesbury said the other morning " we've seen neither the EA or WC"

As for the Journal, all their reports indicate they haven't even moved outside the office. Might as well just circulate the press releases to us all.
Clearly the Environment Agency must have been "working tirelessly" somewhere else because the valleys outside the city have hardly seen anyone at all. And the Council were, of course, totally absent when the floods were arriving. Now that the worst is over they're sticking up flood signs. But we're not alone as that bloke from Malmesbury said the other morning " we've seen neither the EA or WC" As for the Journal, all their reports indicate they haven't even moved outside the office. Might as well just circulate the press releases to us all. Morello

7:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

gingin says...

Morello wrote:
Clearly the Environment Agency must have been "working tirelessly" somewhere else because the valleys outside the city have hardly seen anyone at all.

And the Council were, of course, totally absent when the floods were arriving. Now that the worst is over they're sticking up flood signs. But we're not alone as that bloke from Malmesbury said the other morning " we've seen neither the EA or WC"

As for the Journal, all their reports indicate they haven't even moved outside the office. Might as well just circulate the press releases to us all.
Clearly you are extremely upset and have good reason if you have received little or no help. Unfortunately any organisation needs extra resources to cope with disasters such as what we are faced with at present.

Councils and the Environment Agencies across the country not just Wiltshire need the government to find extra money to obtain more help quickly but with all the cut backs already and the extra cuts promised it is the government who needs a sharp reminder and not to lay blame with organisations already strapped for cash.

As for the Journal not leaving the office I have no proof either way of that comment but would expect them to visit areas and make proper reports on how things are progressing or not as long as life is not in danger.

I don't know who you are obviously as we operate under names other than our own but I hope you and your property are ok.
[quote][p][bold]Morello[/bold] wrote: Clearly the Environment Agency must have been "working tirelessly" somewhere else because the valleys outside the city have hardly seen anyone at all. And the Council were, of course, totally absent when the floods were arriving. Now that the worst is over they're sticking up flood signs. But we're not alone as that bloke from Malmesbury said the other morning " we've seen neither the EA or WC" As for the Journal, all their reports indicate they haven't even moved outside the office. Might as well just circulate the press releases to us all.[/p][/quote]Clearly you are extremely upset and have good reason if you have received little or no help. Unfortunately any organisation needs extra resources to cope with disasters such as what we are faced with at present. Councils and the Environment Agencies across the country not just Wiltshire need the government to find extra money to obtain more help quickly but with all the cut backs already and the extra cuts promised it is the government who needs a sharp reminder and not to lay blame with organisations already strapped for cash. As for the Journal not leaving the office I have no proof either way of that comment but would expect them to visit areas and make proper reports on how things are progressing or not as long as life is not in danger. I don't know who you are obviously as we operate under names other than our own but I hope you and your property are ok. gingin

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