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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    On a dog forum that I belong to, a woman who lives in Cumbria has been posting. She probably stayed awake all last night worrying about nearby flooding - a roof had been ripped off a barn close by - but she escaped, albeit with a huge hole gouged in the road and local bridges washed away. It has stopped raining but water will be running off the hills for some time so there'll still be trouble. The city of Carlisle, 20 miles away from her, is 'awash', she says, & on the BBC it says that thousands of homes in the North of England and in Scotland have been left without electric power.

    Here are some pictures from the BBC:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-35021153
    Just saw the Dutch news with the flooding in Cumbria. We often come in the Czech Republic, where until recently the authorities treated every flooding disaster as 'an act of God', i.e. something they were not responsible for. However, slowly they have started now to deepen out river-beds, canalising tracks where necessary etc. It's an ugly sight, true, because the nature is gone for a long time, but it has become imperative. I suppose the same is happening in Britain..
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    According to Shelagh on my dog forum, Carlisle was flooded five years ago & had a flood defence installed costing 38 million pounds - but this storm breached it.

    Yes, flood defences are being built and people are more aware - but a lot of the new housing that is needed for our growing population has been built on 'flood plains' which were previously left alone. Some families have only just recovered from a flooding when they are flooded again. It is now difficult for people to get insurance if they live near rivers or the sea even if the risk is low.
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    Much of the housing flooded in Carlisle is quite old...not new estates at all. But a city built where three rivers meet is always going to have difficulty with finding high land to build on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Much of the housing flooded in Carlisle is quite old...not new estates at all. But a city built where three rivers meet is always going to have difficulty with finding high land to build on.
    Houseboats...That's a possible solution.
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    Blue sky with some very thin clouds, sun is shining; about 14C.
    I'm out for a walk with the dogs !
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    Today the clouds parted around 11 am and we saw the sun. I went out for a walk and it was astonishingly mild, like early October. The BBC website says it was 15C locally today, which I can believe. But very heavy rain is again forecast for tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Today the clouds parted around 11 am and we saw the sun. I went out for a walk and it was astonishingly mild, like early October. The BBC website says it was 15C locally today, which I can believe. But very heavy rain is again forecast for tonight
    Very mild here, most unusual, but I'm not complaining and happy to be saving on the heating bills.

    Have you been flooded? Or are you slightly too far south to be affected?
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    59 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Took full advantage of the cool, crisp morning (like a chilled glass of Chardonnay!) and went for an early morning constitutional.

    Just as Beethoven used to do in Vienna, except that I am not Beethoven, nor am I in Vienna.

    PS: I will leave it to you to do the temperature conversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Very mild here, most unusual, but I'm not complaining and happy to be saving on the heating bills.

    Have you been flooded? Or are you slightly too far south to be affected?
    .
    Slightly too far south, thank goodness. But the Ribble was terrifying a couple of weeks ago after the last but one lot of heavy rain. I'm sure that Headphone Hermit will have tales to tell us when his electricity comes back on (which looks like being some days yet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    According to Shelagh on my dog forum, Carlisle was flooded five years ago & had a flood defence installed costing 38 million pounds - but this storm breached it.

    Yes, flood defences are being built and people are more aware - but a lot of the new housing that is needed for our growing population has been built on 'flood plains' which were previously left alone. Some families have only just recovered from a flooding when they are flooded again. It is now difficult for people to get insurance if they live near rivers or the sea even if the risk is low.
    Yes, insurance companies prefer safe bets. And many banks have learned their lessons, now recording record profits. Of course their miserly saving, investment accounts interest rates haven't changed proportionately.

    And how 'bout airline profits? There's gold in gouging passengers for atrocious non-services.

    Mini-rant has concluded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    59 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Took full advantage of the cool, crisp morning (like a chilled glass of Chardonnay!) and went for an early morning constitutional.

    Just as Beethoven used to do in Vienna, except that I am not Beethoven, nor am I in Vienna.

    PS: I will leave it to you to do the temperature conversion.

    Oh come on now! It's not like I'm attempting to make you go from Catholic to Presbyterian!
    No problem with a Baby Boomer like me - I still think in Fahrenheit!

    PS - Oh, poor Headphone Hermit! I look forward to his return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
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    Slightly too far south, thank goodness. But the Ribble was terrifying a couple of weeks ago after the last but one lot of heavy rain. I'm sure that Headphone Hermit will have tales to tell us when his electricity comes back on (which looks like being some days yet).
    Pleased you've been spared but poor HH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    No problem with a Baby Boomer like me - I still think in Fahrenheit! :)

    PS - Oh, poor Headphone Hermit! I look forward to his return.
    Just please don't say "Fahrenheit!" after I sneeze please!

    But....how would I know?....and how would you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
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    I'm sure that Headphone Hermit will have tales to tell us when his electricity comes back on (which looks like being some days yet).
    Thanks, fellow TC-ers.

    'Twas a little inconvenient at the weekend.
    No electricity (so therefore no landline as we have a cordless phone and the base unit needs mains electricity to work), no mobile connection, no internet, no central heating or cooker. So ... out came the Tranja and the barbecue (not often used in December in these parts!), on went the gas fire, more candles used than in a cathedral and we thanked our lucky starts that the house is 90m above sea level.
    electricity came back on this afternoon, then disconnected after a few hours but now back on again
    We really are lucky .... some of us

    Thanks again for your concern
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    Quote Originally Posted by Headphone Hermit View Post
    Thanks, fellow TC-ers.

    'Twas a little inconvenient at the weekend.
    No electricity (so therefore no landline as we have a cordless phone and the base unit needs mains electricity to work), no mobile connection, no internet, no central heating or cooker. So ... out came the Tranja and the barbecue (not often used in December in these parts!), on went the gas fire, more candles used than in a cathedral and we thanked our lucky starts that the house is 90m above sea level.
    electricity came back on this afternoon, then disconnected after a few hours but now back on again
    We really are lucky .... some of us

    Thanks again for your concern
    So pleased you've got your power back on and you haven't been flooded. Feel so terribly sorry for those poor people in Carlisle.
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