Marooned - flooded Kempsey woman says no-one cares if she lives or dies

Malvern Gazette: Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water. Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water.

A STRANDED woman feels no-one cares whether she lives or dies as she is marooned in her cottage by flood water with storms on the way.

Jacky Smith of Severn Cottage, Lanes End, Kempsey is stuck in her home on the banks of the Severn, where she lives alone, as the waters continue to rise around her. She was so cut off her friend and neighbour, Sue Price (pictured), could not even wade out to her in wellies.

Another band of heavy rain with coastal gales was due to sweep in during yesterday (Friday) evening, moving quickly east across the UK early tomorrow (Saturday). This is expected to be followed by frequent heavy and squally showers with further disruption due to flooding likely, say the Met Office.

The 57-year-old, who has not been able to leave her home since Wednesday, said: "I am marooned. The flooding has got a lot worse since they put the pumps in. The neighbours have also had to put sandbags at the gate." She said the £1.7 million flood defences which opened in July 2012 and protect 70 homes do not protect her home. She says the defences guard against flooding from the Hatfield Brook rather than directly from the river and, if anything, make things worse for her by pumping excess water from the brook back into the Severn.

She said: "No-one at the Environment Agency has contacted me to make sure I am okay. As far as they know I could be dead or alive down here. They're busy running backwards and forwards to the pumps and patting themselves on the back for that. I am fed up. It's just been constant since the middle of December.

"I have had only half a dozen days when I have been able to get out of my property. I feel like I'm in the middle of the river and that the Environment Agency hasn't bothered. I haven't reported it but they should know. I can see the water rising. It's going up all the time. I'm hoping against hope that it doesn't come over the defences. If it comes over my flood doors and into the house again I will throw my keys in the river and walk away."

The property has two 'hermetically sealed' steel flood doors but the water is already several inches up the side and rising fast. Her son has been able to get her essentials but she says she struggles even to climb over the flood doors because she suffers from osteoarthritis. She paid £25,000 for the home's flood defences, including having the walls sealed with plastic, flood doors and a pump installed while she says others, who have not paid a penny, are protected by the main defences.

One of the pumps which clears water from the Hatfield Brook and pumps it back into the River Severn kicked in automatically yesterday (Friday) but a team from the Environment Agency has been on site in Kempsey, 24 hours a day, since Christmas Eve. Their job is to monitor water levels and activate the pumps manually if the automatic system fails.

A spokesman for the EA said: "The lady concerned at Severn Cottage, Lanes End is located in the part of Kempsey village outside that covered by the flood alleviation scheme. Being undefended, they flood as the river Severn rises across the flood plain. We have checked and can confirm that this property is not registered on our full flood warning service (awareness of the service is high in the village of Kempsey should they want to register).

"Without knowing her telephone number we do not know whether she has opted out of the extended warning direct system, where a national initiative registered land lines of properties in the flood plain. Worcestershire fire and rescue are available if she needs rescue support."

The Hatfield Brook is expected to peak at between 6.95m and 7.15m on Monday.

The latest flood warning information, updated every 15 minutes, along with advice on how to prepare for flooding, can be found at environment-agency.gov.uk/flood. Readers can sign up for free flood warnings on the EA website or by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188 / 0845 988 1188

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9:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

CJH says...

Well, it appears that there is help, but she doesn't appear to have asked for it. Other than running to the WN of course...
Well, it appears that there is help, but she doesn't appear to have asked for it. Other than running to the WN of course... CJH
  • Score: 39

10:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

OFFS - why does she think the EA have any responsibility to look after her?

You are an adult, look after yourself!!!!!
OFFS - why does she think the EA have any responsibility to look after her? You are an adult, look after yourself!!!!! Hwicce
  • Score: 53

10:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

CJH says...

Her son can get to her. Her neighbour is aware that she is there. If she is physically unable to get out she can call the fire brigade, ambulance or police. It sounds as if she's the one who doesn't care if she's rescued or not. By her own admission she has not reported it to the EA. I don't think mind reading is part of their remit.
Her son can get to her. Her neighbour is aware that she is there. If she is physically unable to get out she can call the fire brigade, ambulance or police. It sounds as if she's the one who doesn't care if she's rescued or not. By her own admission she has not reported it to the EA. I don't think mind reading is part of their remit. CJH
  • Score: 43

8:27am Sat 8 Feb 14

reflector says...

The Environment Agency and its useless Chairman may have a lot to answer for, particularly in Somerset, but this isn't one of them.
In fact, in this part of the world, they seem to have to done all that they reasonably can have been expected to.
The Environment Agency and its useless Chairman may have a lot to answer for, particularly in Somerset, but this isn't one of them. In fact, in this part of the world, they seem to have to done all that they reasonably can have been expected to. reflector
  • Score: 26

9:05am Sat 8 Feb 14

Tomigti says...

@HWfirecontrol tweeted yesterday evening around 11.15pm that One female and her dogs have been assisted from flooded property Lanes End Kempsey with the electrics also being isolated, could this be the same female?
@HWfirecontrol tweeted yesterday evening around 11.15pm that One female and her dogs have been assisted from flooded property Lanes End Kempsey with the electrics also being isolated, could this be the same female? Tomigti
  • Score: 9

9:40am Sat 8 Feb 14

worcester92 says...

It is unfortunate that CJH, and Hwicce have chosen to assume this article gives an accurate and complete report.

It is not clear if Jacky Smith has really said "no one cares" meaning no one at all or if her reference was merely to the Environmental Agency but her comments have been distorted by the reporter for the sake of a "good" headline.

If for some reason this property is not registered, why not? Has the reporter gone back to Jacky Smith to find out why and to help get this rectified? Maybe she has registered but there has been a glitch in the system.

And is it enough to rely on registration? What if someone was taken ill and was unable to get to their phone?

In this situation, Jacky Smith does not appear to be complaining she has received no warning. No warning is needed - she can see the flood water from her windows! But so far as I can tell from the article which I suspect has not reported her comments accurately, she is understandably upset by her situation and by the apparent lack of help for her when she is aware of a lot of help being given elsewhere.

The role of the EA, during flooding, is not limited to merely providing warnings to people who have registered!

I can fully understand there are limits to what the EA can do particularly for isolated houses and it may well be that they are doing all that can be reasonably expected as reflector says but it is understandable that this new flooding causes great distress for people like Jacky Smith which should not be exploited by Worcester News by unhelpful reporting of this nature,

Where concerns do arise like those raised by Jacky Smith, it is right to review procedures to see if any improvements can be made.
It is unfortunate that CJH, and Hwicce have chosen to assume this article gives an accurate and complete report. It is not clear if Jacky Smith has really said "no one cares" meaning no one at all or if her reference was merely to the Environmental Agency but her comments have been distorted by the reporter for the sake of a "good" headline. If for some reason this property is not registered, why not? Has the reporter gone back to Jacky Smith to find out why and to help get this rectified? Maybe she has registered but there has been a glitch in the system. And is it enough to rely on registration? What if someone was taken ill and was unable to get to their phone? In this situation, Jacky Smith does not appear to be complaining she has received no warning. No warning is needed - she can see the flood water from her windows! But so far as I can tell from the article which I suspect has not reported her comments accurately, she is understandably upset by her situation and by the apparent lack of help for her when she is aware of a lot of help being given elsewhere. The role of the EA, during flooding, is not limited to merely providing warnings to people who have registered! I can fully understand there are limits to what the EA can do particularly for isolated houses and it may well be that they are doing all that can be reasonably expected as reflector says but it is understandable that this new flooding causes great distress for people like Jacky Smith which should not be exploited by Worcester News by unhelpful reporting of this nature, Where concerns do arise like those raised by Jacky Smith, it is right to review procedures to see if any improvements can be made. worcester92
  • Score: -31

10:29am Sat 8 Feb 14

CJH says...

"It is unfortunate that CJH, and Hwicce have chosen to assume this article gives an accurate and complete report" And how do you know it doesn't? How many more people will choose to go to the media, put themselves in the public domain, and then complain when the 'story' is not what they expect it to be. If you think that this report is inaccurate then get in touch with the reporter and ask him to correct it. It's as simple as that.
"It is unfortunate that CJH, and Hwicce have chosen to assume this article gives an accurate and complete report" And how do you know it doesn't? How many more people will choose to go to the media, put themselves in the public domain, and then complain when the 'story' is not what they expect it to be. If you think that this report is inaccurate then get in touch with the reporter and ask him to correct it. It's as simple as that. CJH
  • Score: 7

10:51am Sat 8 Feb 14

worcester92 says...

We do not know if the report is accurate and complete but it is wrong to assume that it is. But questions arise from it some of which I put in my previous comment.

Do CJH and Hwicce disagree with the Tory MPs who have called on David Cameron to divert foreign aid to help flood victims in this country. Do they think that as the victims in this country are adults, they should help themselves? I ask the question, I make no assumption. Do they think the role of the EA is limited to simply operating a warning system for those people who have chosen to register?

Do they disagree with foreign aid in any event. Do they think instead of diverting it to help flood victims in this country, we should stop giving any foreign aid and concentrate instead on reducing taxes for people like themselves?

D they think the people say in the Philippines disaster are adults and can be left to help themselves?

I simply ask questions.
We do not know if the report is accurate and complete but it is wrong to assume that it is. But questions arise from it some of which I put in my previous comment. Do CJH and Hwicce disagree with the Tory MPs who have called on David Cameron to divert foreign aid to help flood victims in this country. Do they think that as the victims in this country are adults, they should help themselves? I ask the question, I make no assumption. Do they think the role of the EA is limited to simply operating a warning system for those people who have chosen to register? Do they disagree with foreign aid in any event. Do they think instead of diverting it to help flood victims in this country, we should stop giving any foreign aid and concentrate instead on reducing taxes for people like themselves? D they think the people say in the Philippines disaster are adults and can be left to help themselves? I simply ask questions. worcester92
  • Score: -13

11:07am Sat 8 Feb 14

CJH says...

worcester92 wrote:
We do not know if the report is accurate and complete but it is wrong to assume that it is. But questions arise from it some of which I put in my previous comment.

Do CJH and Hwicce disagree with the Tory MPs who have called on David Cameron to divert foreign aid to help flood victims in this country. Do they think that as the victims in this country are adults, they should help themselves? I ask the question, I make no assumption. Do they think the role of the EA is limited to simply operating a warning system for those people who have chosen to register?

Do they disagree with foreign aid in any event. Do they think instead of diverting it to help flood victims in this country, we should stop giving any foreign aid and concentrate instead on reducing taxes for people like themselves?

D they think the people say in the Philippines disaster are adults and can be left to help themselves?

I simply ask questions.
Your high horse must be fed up with carrying you around. Get off it and give the poor animal a rest. I've looked at some of your other posts. You do like to lecture don't you? And I repeat - if you think it is not accurate then do something about it! And this report is not about anything other than one woman in Kempsey. Who has now left her house anyway. Or is that inaccurate as well?
[quote][p][bold]worcester92[/bold] wrote: We do not know if the report is accurate and complete but it is wrong to assume that it is. But questions arise from it some of which I put in my previous comment. Do CJH and Hwicce disagree with the Tory MPs who have called on David Cameron to divert foreign aid to help flood victims in this country. Do they think that as the victims in this country are adults, they should help themselves? I ask the question, I make no assumption. Do they think the role of the EA is limited to simply operating a warning system for those people who have chosen to register? Do they disagree with foreign aid in any event. Do they think instead of diverting it to help flood victims in this country, we should stop giving any foreign aid and concentrate instead on reducing taxes for people like themselves? D they think the people say in the Philippines disaster are adults and can be left to help themselves? I simply ask questions.[/p][/quote]Your high horse must be fed up with carrying you around. Get off it and give the poor animal a rest. I've looked at some of your other posts. You do like to lecture don't you? And I repeat - if you think it is not accurate then do something about it! And this report is not about anything other than one woman in Kempsey. Who has now left her house anyway. Or is that inaccurate as well? CJH
  • Score: 15

12:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

moo999 says...

Didn't this lady say the same thing in November 2012? The WN ran a similar article with a similar headline and the the lady was quoted as saying she had had enough and was not going to stay there anymore?
Didn't this lady say the same thing in November 2012? The WN ran a similar article with a similar headline and the the lady was quoted as saying she had had enough and was not going to stay there anymore? moo999
  • Score: 24

1:17pm Sat 8 Feb 14

CJH says...

moo999 wrote:
Didn't this lady say the same thing in November 2012? The WN ran a similar article with a similar headline and the the lady was quoted as saying she had had enough and was not going to stay there anymore?
There is an article about her from August 2007 and the problem she had with flooding then. You'd think that over 6 years (and much flooding) later she would have had at least an emergency plan in place for her own safety. Or is that also assuming too much Worcester92?
[quote][p][bold]moo999[/bold] wrote: Didn't this lady say the same thing in November 2012? The WN ran a similar article with a similar headline and the the lady was quoted as saying she had had enough and was not going to stay there anymore?[/p][/quote]There is an article about her from August 2007 and the problem she had with flooding then. You'd think that over 6 years (and much flooding) later she would have had at least an emergency plan in place for her own safety. Or is that also assuming too much Worcester92? CJH
  • Score: 26

2:34pm Sat 8 Feb 14

harleyd says...

I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation.
I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost!
Can you imagine ?
I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up.
The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect.
It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide.
Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart?
There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways.
Just clear the waterways!
The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this.
I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way.
It is not just down to global warming.
We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly.
Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries.
Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London.
I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation. I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost! Can you imagine ? I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up. The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect. It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide. Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart? There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways. Just clear the waterways! The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this. I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way. It is not just down to global warming. We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly. Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries. Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London. harleyd
  • Score: -17

3:23pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

harleyd wrote:
I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation.
I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost!
Can you imagine ?
I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up.
The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect.
It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide.
Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart?
There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways.
Just clear the waterways!
The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this.
I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way.
It is not just down to global warming.
We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly.
Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries.
Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London.
What a load of complete cobblers.

Just look at the Water Gate at the Cathedral, the highest level was 1770 long before global warming or dredging of the rivers.

The Somerset levels are marshland that's been reclaimed over the years and now there's an exceptional amount of rainfall its returning to its natural state.

If you live on a flood plain expect to get flooded, don't pretend to be King Canute it didn't work for him and it won't work for you.
[quote][p][bold]harleyd[/bold] wrote: I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation. I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost! Can you imagine ? I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up. The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect. It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide. Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart? There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways. Just clear the waterways! The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this. I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way. It is not just down to global warming. We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly. Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries. Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London.[/p][/quote]What a load of complete cobblers. Just look at the Water Gate at the Cathedral, the highest level was 1770 long before global warming or dredging of the rivers. The Somerset levels are marshland that's been reclaimed over the years and now there's an exceptional amount of rainfall its returning to its natural state. If you live on a flood plain expect to get flooded, don't pretend to be King Canute it didn't work for him and it won't work for you. Hwicce
  • Score: 25

3:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

CJH says...

harleyd wrote:
I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation.
I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost!
Can you imagine ?
I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up.
The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect.
It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide.
Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart?
There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways.
Just clear the waterways!
The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this.
I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way.
It is not just down to global warming.
We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly.
Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries.
Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London.
And in the 'old days' you refer to people took more responsibility for their own lives instead of waiting to be rescued by the nanny state. If you read the report and comments properly you will see that she had a chance to do something, and didn't. If your house was on fire would you wait for someone else to phone the fire brigade, or take the attitude 'they should know' and come and help me? I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]harleyd[/bold] wrote: I can not believe that i can see adverse comments relating to this poor ladies situation. I can imagine how scared she must be going to sleep at night wondering if she will wake up to everything lost! Can you imagine ? I feel for all the poor people up and down the country who are in this terrible posititon caused by our waterways being blocked up. The plug holes on most of our waterways are blocked or restricted due to the EA policys and neglect. It is true they are quick to pat themselves on the back when they rarley succeed, but when thier mistakes and incompetence are found out they hide. Where is Owen Patterson during the last few days when people due to his poor quality work have had thier lives torn apart? There is NO need to spend this kind of money on flood defence walls pumps and other things which actually change the natural dynamics of our waterways. Just clear the waterways! The water will then drain to the sea much quicker and not back up like this. I am so angry to see school children designing flood alliviation schemes which cost us millions and make permenant negative impact on our country side and mother natuers way. It is not just down to global warming. We did not have such a big problem in the old days as our ancesters managed the waterways properly. Start at our esturies and work back clearing our blocked arteries. Clear our Waterways, please spead the word as only the voice of the many will be heard by London.[/p][/quote]And in the 'old days' you refer to people took more responsibility for their own lives instead of waiting to be rescued by the nanny state. If you read the report and comments properly you will see that she had a chance to do something, and didn't. If your house was on fire would you wait for someone else to phone the fire brigade, or take the attitude 'they should know' and come and help me? I don't think so. CJH
  • Score: 16

4:49pm Sat 8 Feb 14

CYNIC_AL says...

People live next to rivers then complain when their house gets flooded... *facepalm*
People live next to rivers then complain when their house gets flooded... *facepalm* CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 15

5:05pm Sat 8 Feb 14

DarrenM says...

Isn't it about time the EA was just axed? We got along throughout most of the last century without it, just another qango suckling on the taxpayers teat - bit like Worcestershire County Coucil ..
Isn't it about time the EA was just axed? We got along throughout most of the last century without it, just another qango suckling on the taxpayers teat - bit like Worcestershire County Coucil .. DarrenM
  • Score: -6

12:09am Sun 9 Feb 14

themooman says...

The photographer got pretty close ... Maybe they should have helped with a long stick..
The photographer got pretty close ... Maybe they should have helped with a long stick.. themooman
  • Score: 10

12:33am Sun 9 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Hope I never need the help or sympathy of some who post on here.

I recall as a youngster watching my mum among other WRVS volunteers, during the very high floods in the 1940's on a huge Dray drawn by a pair of Cart Horses and going down Hylton Road when it had houses both sides, to provide hot Food and water and other essential items to those who were staying in their homes and living upstairs because there was no-where else offered for them to move to. And to a then young child this was quite an experience. But there was a true British spirit possibly left over from the War years, when folk who had things were willing to share or give to those who had little or sometimes nothing
Some of the comments on here (and you should read them again and feel remorse) are pitifull and posted by those who have little if no thoughts of human kindness (not just religous) Shame on you.
Hope I never need the help or sympathy of some who post on here. I recall as a youngster watching my mum among other WRVS volunteers, during the very high floods in the 1940's on a huge Dray drawn by a pair of Cart Horses and going down Hylton Road when it had houses both sides, to provide hot Food and water and other essential items to those who were staying in their homes and living upstairs because there was no-where else offered for them to move to. And to a then young child this was quite an experience. But there was a true British spirit possibly left over from the War years, when folk who had things were willing to share or give to those who had little or sometimes nothing Some of the comments on here (and you should read them again and feel remorse) are pitifull and posted by those who have little if no thoughts of human kindness (not just religous) Shame on you. Jabbadad
  • Score: -13

8:50am Sun 9 Feb 14

denon says...

Isn't fantastic that so few houses around here have been flooded internally in the last few weeks unlike in June 2007.
Isn't fantastic that so few houses around here have been flooded internally in the last few weeks unlike in June 2007. denon
  • Score: 14

8:51am Sun 9 Feb 14

denon says...

Some public body has got it right
Some public body has got it right denon
  • Score: 4

9:00am Sun 9 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

The new flood defences at Bewdley, Hylton Road, Kempsey, and Upton seem to be working well.

I wonder who was the responsible body for building/managing those?
The new flood defences at Bewdley, Hylton Road, Kempsey, and Upton seem to be working well. I wonder who was the responsible body for building/managing those? Hwicce
  • Score: 11

9:05am Sun 9 Feb 14

reflector says...

Instead of calling the WN, this lady would have been better calling the Environment Agency or the Fire and Rescue Service. A glance at the latter's Twitter feed shows that they have turned out to many flood related incidents including a whole host of irresponsible people who seem to think that their vehicles are amphibious.........a
nd then need help when they realise that they are not.
Instead of calling the WN, this lady would have been better calling the Environment Agency or the Fire and Rescue Service. A glance at the latter's Twitter feed shows that they have turned out to many flood related incidents including a whole host of irresponsible people who seem to think that their vehicles are amphibious.........a nd then need help when they realise that they are not. reflector
  • Score: 15

2:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

worcester92 says...

My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts?

I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water."

The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News.

The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester
news.co.uk/news/1007
5551.Marooned_and__f
orgotten__in_Kempsey
_floods/
My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts? I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water." The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News. The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/1007 5551.Marooned_and__f orgotten__in_Kempsey _floods/ worcester92
  • Score: 2

2:37pm Sun 9 Feb 14

worcester92 says...

Of course CJH, Worcester News journalists never go looking for a story. They just sit in their office and wait for people to come "running" to the WN!
Of course CJH, Worcester News journalists never go looking for a story. They just sit in their office and wait for people to come "running" to the WN! worcester92
  • Score: -4

3:02pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CJH says...

worcester92 wrote:
My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts?

I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water."

The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News.

The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester

news.co.uk/news/1007

5551.Marooned_and__f

orgotten__in_Kempsey

_floods/
Better stay on your horse after all, difficult to stay upright without a leg to stand on!
[quote][p][bold]worcester92[/bold] wrote: My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts? I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water." The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News. The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/1007 5551.Marooned_and__f orgotten__in_Kempsey _floods/[/p][/quote]Better stay on your horse after all, difficult to stay upright without a leg to stand on! CJH
  • Score: 5

3:13pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CJH says...

worcester92 wrote:
My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts?

I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water."

The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News.

The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester

news.co.uk/news/1007

5551.Marooned_and__f

orgotten__in_Kempsey

_floods/
You've run out of arguments I'm afraid. If you spent any time on this website at all you would know that I am a frequent and vocal opponent of stories by the WN with half truths and spurious 'facts'.
[quote][p][bold]worcester92[/bold] wrote: My apologies CJH for even daring to suggest that Worcester News (Daily Mail etc etc) might ever publish an article that does not provide the full, accurate story. I bow to your superior wisdom and much higher horse. Other posts? I note the article contains quite a lengthy quote - which makes no reference to the words in the headline. I also note that: "Sue Price, resident of Lanes Ends, Kempsey, surveys the flood water at the bottom of the lane. She is also concerned for the welfare of her friend Jacky Smith who is cut off by the flood water." The article does not explain how this lady came to be speaking to Worcester News. The previous article can be viewed at http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/1007 5551.Marooned_and__f orgotten__in_Kempsey _floods/[/p][/quote]You've run out of arguments I'm afraid. If you spent any time on this website at all you would know that I am a frequent and vocal opponent of stories by the WN with half truths and spurious 'facts'. CJH
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CJH says...

worcester92 wrote:
Of course CJH, Worcester News journalists never go looking for a story. They just sit in their office and wait for people to come "running" to the WN!
I think you'll find that they frequently do! And they actively encourage it via twitter and facebook. Don't forget, it's 'our' Worcester news. Apparently.
[quote][p][bold]worcester92[/bold] wrote: Of course CJH, Worcester News journalists never go looking for a story. They just sit in their office and wait for people to come "running" to the WN![/p][/quote]I think you'll find that they frequently do! And they actively encourage it via twitter and facebook. Don't forget, it's 'our' Worcester news. Apparently. CJH
  • Score: 6

4:02pm Sun 9 Feb 14

pinkfluff says...

I think I would anticipate being flooded if I had gone to the trouble of fitting 'hermetically sealed' doors.

Could make the best of a bad situation. Get a few beers in, a couple of good books on the go and the the complete box set of The Big Bang Theory.....sit back, relax and enjoy, wait for the water to subside. Sounds like bliss to me, happy days.
I think I would anticipate being flooded if I had gone to the trouble of fitting 'hermetically sealed' doors. Could make the best of a bad situation. Get a few beers in, a couple of good books on the go and the the complete box set of The Big Bang Theory.....sit back, relax and enjoy, wait for the water to subside. Sounds like bliss to me, happy days. pinkfluff
  • Score: 9

5:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

dropkick55 says...

CJH loves his own voice more than the rest of us
CJH loves his own voice more than the rest of us dropkick55
  • Score: -10

5:52pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CJH says...

pinkfluff wrote:
I think I would anticipate being flooded if I had gone to the trouble of fitting 'hermetically sealed' doors.

Could make the best of a bad situation. Get a few beers in, a couple of good books on the go and the the complete box set of The Big Bang Theory.....sit back, relax and enjoy, wait for the water to subside. Sounds like bliss to me, happy days.
I LOVE the Big Bang Theory! :-)
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: I think I would anticipate being flooded if I had gone to the trouble of fitting 'hermetically sealed' doors. Could make the best of a bad situation. Get a few beers in, a couple of good books on the go and the the complete box set of The Big Bang Theory.....sit back, relax and enjoy, wait for the water to subside. Sounds like bliss to me, happy days.[/p][/quote]I LOVE the Big Bang Theory! :-) CJH
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CJH says...

dropkick55 wrote:
CJH loves his own voice more than the rest of us
Now that's where jumping to conclusions and making assumptions gets you! HER own voice thank you!
[quote][p][bold]dropkick55[/bold] wrote: CJH loves his own voice more than the rest of us[/p][/quote]Now that's where jumping to conclusions and making assumptions gets you! HER own voice thank you! CJH
  • Score: 6

10:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

caer caradoc says...

Another case of somebody believing that the nanny state should look after them!

Whilst public agencies do have a duty, their responsibility only extends so far. Individuals still need to take responsibility for their own welfare unless they are classed as vulnerable.
Another case of somebody believing that the nanny state should look after them! Whilst public agencies do have a duty, their responsibility only extends so far. Individuals still need to take responsibility for their own welfare unless they are classed as vulnerable. caer caradoc
  • Score: 8

1:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Marant says...

It's the maligning of King Canute (Cnut) that gets me. Poor fellow. Arguably the most successful Anglo-Saxon King (despite not being an Anglo-saxon) and all he's remembered for is for something he didn't do. If it happened at all, (and there's many different versions of events) the 'turning back the tide' incident was a demonstration to show the futility of such a gesture and to admonish his courtiers who were trying to flatter him too much.

But flooding on the flood plain of the Severn in Kempsey is hardly unexpected. Trying to hold back the river along its whole length would be like trying to order the tide not to come in. Sad for this poor lady, but what is she expecting them to do?
It's the maligning of King Canute (Cnut) that gets me. Poor fellow. Arguably the most successful Anglo-Saxon King (despite not being an Anglo-saxon) and all he's remembered for is for something he didn't do. If it happened at all, (and there's many different versions of events) the 'turning back the tide' incident was a demonstration to show the futility of such a gesture and to admonish his courtiers who were trying to flatter him too much. But flooding on the flood plain of the Severn in Kempsey is hardly unexpected. Trying to hold back the river along its whole length would be like trying to order the tide not to come in. Sad for this poor lady, but what is she expecting them to do? Marant
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Well the POLITICIANS are PLAYING OUT the Scenario quite well to reassure us all what a bunch of .......s (we cannot print in these columns) they are.

Main Man ERIC PICKLES, what a waste of space and the man behind the onslaught on our most vulnerable & Older Peoples funding cuts
He is Politics answer to the school bully. Wish he had gone to our school he would have been re-educated quite quickly, just as Bullies in the Armed Forces get.
Well the POLITICIANS are PLAYING OUT the Scenario quite well to reassure us all what a bunch of .......s (we cannot print in these columns) they are. Main Man ERIC PICKLES, what a waste of space and the man behind the onslaught on our most vulnerable & Older Peoples funding cuts He is Politics answer to the school bully. Wish he had gone to our school he would have been re-educated quite quickly, just as Bullies in the Armed Forces get. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

9:19pm Mon 10 Feb 14

anglew711 says...

I have sympathy for this lady but cannot see how the flood defences could have made the flooding worse at her place.

I am very happy to see that the chicken opposite have now been removed as they were having to perch on top of the hen houses today due to rising water
I have sympathy for this lady but cannot see how the flood defences could have made the flooding worse at her place. I am very happy to see that the chicken opposite have now been removed as they were having to perch on top of the hen houses today due to rising water anglew711
  • Score: 1

1:04am Tue 11 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Oh and Eric Pickles is THE FACE OF THE NASTY TORIES.
Cameron by just looking at his Face knows that they have got this one seriously wrong and they are done for. They will go down faster than the Floods.
Watched Smith from the Environmental Agency on Newsnight tonight This man is not going to take the blame for the Tory co-alition politicians mess, and has the evidence to backup his statements. Even Jeremy Vine backed off when he realised that his smart A . S
comments / inuendos were not going to work.
Oh and Eric Pickles is THE FACE OF THE NASTY TORIES. Cameron by just looking at his Face knows that they have got this one seriously wrong and they are done for. They will go down faster than the Floods. Watched Smith from the Environmental Agency on Newsnight tonight This man is not going to take the blame for the Tory co-alition politicians mess, and has the evidence to backup his statements. Even Jeremy Vine backed off when he realised that his smart A . S comments / inuendos were not going to work. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

8:30am Tue 11 Feb 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

As I sit here and type this, the rain is hammering down (again) and am beginning to wonder when the plague of locusts will descend! But seriously, this weather is a tad out of the ordinary, and I remember when I moved to Worcester and was choosing where to live I did look at what level of the flood plain any potential house purchase was! If you choose to live by a river, brook etc. then you have to assess risk - as the EA has done in it's flood defence programme! However you cannot throw tens of thousands or even millions to help just a single property! As to the argument about overseas aid - it is irrelevant to this problem, the government has a contingency fund for such emergencies! Any argument about overseas aid (and I cannot understand why we give aid to countries that invest in nuclear bombs etc.) should not cloud this issue!
As I sit here and type this, the rain is hammering down (again) and am beginning to wonder when the plague of locusts will descend! But seriously, this weather is a tad out of the ordinary, and I remember when I moved to Worcester and was choosing where to live I did look at what level of the flood plain any potential house purchase was! If you choose to live by a river, brook etc. then you have to assess risk - as the EA has done in it's flood defence programme! However you cannot throw tens of thousands or even millions to help just a single property! As to the argument about overseas aid - it is irrelevant to this problem, the government has a contingency fund for such emergencies! Any argument about overseas aid (and I cannot understand why we give aid to countries that invest in nuclear bombs etc.) should not cloud this issue! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 1

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