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Flooding blog: Wednesday, January 2

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    [deleted] 3:14pm Fri 28 Dec 12
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    carfax cabby ox1 9:37pm Fri 28 Dec 12

    Kids play in water, kids told to get out of water, kids comply and go home. Emergency services waste £millions by sending out every means of rescue possible. The UK is broke, answers on a postage stamp please.

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    cynicality 9:28pm Sun 30 Dec 12

    Weather forecast completely wrong today (Sunday 30th): they said it wouldn't rain in the afternoon yet it poured again!

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    kikirem 2:04pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    River flooding not the problem on Bitley Road. The issue is bad drainage and baced-up sewers (which are oozing excess everywhere). The Council also need to stop pumping water from teh flood plain into the storm drains making the situation worse. The Environmental Agency, Thames Water and Local Aurhorities seriously need to look at our other developed countries take action to avoid flooding in developed areas. Maybe our MP needs to step in.

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    kikirem 2:06pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    kikirem wrote…


    River flooding not the problem on Bitley Road. The issue is bad drainage and baced-up sewers (which are oozing excess everywhere). The Council also need to stop pumping water from teh flood plain into the storm drains making the situation worse. The Environmental Agency, Thames Water and Local Aurhorities seriously need to look at our other developed countries take action to avoid flooding in developed areas. Maybe our MP needs to step in.

    River flooding not the problem on Botley Road. The issue is bad drainage and backed-up sewers (which are oozing excess everywhere). The Council also needs to stop pumping water from the flood plane into the storm drains making the situation worse. The Environmental Agency, Thames Water and Local Aurhorities seriously need to look at how other developed countries take action to avoid flooding in developed areas. Maybe our MP needs to step in.

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    Sid Hunt 3:56pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    "Maybe our MP needs to step in."

    Surely that would make the water level rise further....

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    xjohnx 4:38pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Its just weather!

    This bit happens to be slightly towards the extreme end.

    Compared to Bangladesh or Thailand or the North Sea floods in the fifties its nothing.

    I think we should get used to it and not treat it as a series of running disasters.

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    mytaxes 4:41pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    kikirem is right no wonder the drains cannot cope. The city council have had staff manning pumps 24/7 resulting in a huge pond at the traffic lights beside the allotments, thank goodness it is nearly gone now.

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    Myron Blatz 6:32am Wed 2 Jan 13

    Maybe it's time for groups of affected homeowners and businesses to start joint legal actions against local authorities such as Oxfordshire County and Oxford City Councils have been negligent in their planning approval decisions for building development on or near flood plains, water meadows and low-lying land near to river systems. Also, in the poor maintaining and inadequate provision of drainage, especially with regard to new-build and expansion of existing towns and villages. Added to which, the poor supervision and regulation of farm land, where inadequate drainage has been provided, and where farm land use may have been changed to light industrial and commercial facilities. It is just too-easy for local authorities to either blame Coalition government spending cut-backs (despite many having been initiated by previous Labour administrations) or lay responsibility and liability on homeowners and businesses. Yes, the 'act of God' flooding is due in-part to rain or snow meltwater, but also to bad planning decisions made by humans. After all, only an idiot would consider building houses on something called ' cow lea marsh' or on a flood plain adjacent to a large river such as the Thames, wouldn't they?

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    xjohnx 2:47pm Wed 2 Jan 13

    Hmmm!.

    1) Myron, ref your comment. What idiot would buy a house on a flood plain?

    2) How much local taxes are you willing to pay so that people buying houses on flood plains can be rewarded with 100% security from responsibility?

    3) If planning has been granted neglegently, shouldn't the insurers be the ones taking legal action?

    4) If a claim for damages is awarded, which taxes should it be paid from?

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    xjohnx 2:53pm Wed 2 Jan 13

    P.S.

    Myron.

    Oxford, Witney and a huge part of the rest of the Thames Valley has been in and on a flood plain since before recorded time.

    Perhaps we should just learn to live with our weather. What?

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