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Title: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 08, 2014, 02:11:04 PM
In the event that Cookham Village is again totally cut off by road, Holy Trinity Church will run an emergency service to help people who are stranded and unable to reach the outside world.

If you need any shopping doing, or a prescription collecting from the pharmacy, please get in touch with the church and ask for help. You can do this in one of three ways:

1.       E-mail your name, address and the things you need to the following special e-mail address: pefc@tapestryoflife.co.uk.

2.       Drop off a note with your details and a list to the Parish Office at the Parish Centre, Church Gate, Cookham.

3.       Phone the Parish Office (01628 529661) and leave your name address and phone number. The office will not take any details of your needs, but will pass on your message for a volunteer helper to contact you.

Whilst the church obviously cannot help with any problems related to actual flood defences, road closures or safety issues, if you do have a concern  arising from the floods and would like to speak to someone, ‘phone the Parish Office and leave a message. We cannot guarantee to resolve every issue but we can try.

You are reminded that Cookham Voluntary Services (01628 523839), based at Elizabeth House, provides a transport service for all patients of the Cookham Medical Centre who, for whatever reason, do not have access to their own transport to reach appointment at the Medical Centre or at hospitals or clinics.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 10, 2014, 12:18:34 PM
From Derek Fry Chairman of the Parish Council

First of all I would like to thank members of the 'flood committee' for regular updates on flood levels (from EA website & personal experiences) Since the road closures for this second flood event here in Cookham, the Causeway area has been monitored on a daily basis by the parish council. Following the closure of all three routes into Cookham and the implementation of the limited Causeway openings to non emergency traffic, representation on behalf  the parish council has been available at each end of the Causeway. I would like to thank Cllr Beryl McNeany for her assistance in supporting myself, RBWM Traffic Enforcement / Contracted Traffic Flow Co-Coordinators, in ensuring the safe passage of pedestrians during traffic convoys.
 
Water levels are rising, it was noticeable that there have been a rise of approximately five to eight inches over the last 24 hours (using the wooden pegs along submerged road as indicators) It has been encouraging that the mood amongst villagers that I have spoken to is positive, with a lot of praise for the current contingences that have been put in place by the Royal Borough, also parish council presence. Today, I was able to organise sandbags for residents of the property Chatsworth House (south of the Pound) where flood water was lapping at the external walls. The house Grasmere in School Lane is pumping it cellar continuously, the expelled water eventually collects on the road adjacent to the junction of Berries Rd & beginning of the High St. The White Oak is also pumping out it cellar.
 
There has been limited PCSO & Police presents (during Causeway openings) throughout the day two members of the RBWM Traffic Enforcement have been positioned at each end of the old Causeway Rd. There has been one or two disgruntled village residents 'meating out' their frustrations on these RBWM Officers unfortunately there will always always be the minority. On the plus side, it is my opinion that village residents, having experienced the flood of a couple of weeks ago have been less inclined to air concerns (vehicle accessibility) mainly due to the arrangements by the Royal Borough that were put in place then, and those that have been replicated during this flood event. Tomorrow Mon 10th, Beryl and myself will attend the 09-30 Causeway opening, we also will be on station for the school finishing in the afternoon, Cllr. Janet Palmer will be available on Tues morning.
 
People to Places have been operating throughout the day and will do so until the roads to the village have reopened. It would be appreciated if other Cllr's could indicate their possible availability in maintaining a parish presence over the forthcoming days. The Parish Noticeboard will be updated on flood related issues on a daily basis. Cllr. Derek Fry.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 10, 2014, 12:29:21 PM
From the Parish Council

We have now received confirmation that the replacement bus service which will be operated by PeopletoPlaces to cover the gap in the no.37 service. This is the timetable.

http://www.cookham.com/images/Cookham to Maidenhead Shuttle Bus Service.pdf (http://www.cookham.com/images/Cookham to Maidenhead Shuttle Bus Service.pdf)

This will be effective from Tues 11th Feb but is obviously subject to weather conditions etc. Details will be posted on the notice boards.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 10, 2014, 12:43:33 PM
From Parish Councillor

Cookham Village - water is rising slowly but constantly.

Both fields each side of the Causeway are now over 18" of water at the Berries Road end and rising. On the B/End side of Cookham Bridge the water is about 18" deep so far.

On Widbrook Common the water starts about 30  yards past the entrance to White Place Farm and deepens along the main road out of sight. The large field on the west side of the road is deeply flooded up to all it's boundaries.

The puddle at the High St/Berries Rd corner is getting bigger which will be a threat to the cottages on the corner. Also it is starting to back up towards School Lane.

School children arriving will be a problem in the morning.
I do not believe they can be sufficiently protected against this weather and increasing flooding. It will also be worse after school.

 
Berries Road is clear and I expect it to remain so as the 'white gate' by our house is higher than the High Street. The other end of Berries Road by the Nursing Home is also protected; the footpath down to the river has a raised 'hump' which stops river bank overflow entering Berries Road.  The Nursing Home have heir own 'flood wall' boundary.

The EA bulletin suggests more is to come next week and says  they expect the flood will  exceed the state of the one of 2003.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 10, 2014, 12:47:55 PM
Suggestion - I realise that this is not a cure, but I am concerned about the Holy Trinity School Children.

If the school has to close would it be possible for the school to take over Pinder Hall for the duration of the worst of this flood?  So that any children whose parents are unable to take time off work, or arrange alternative care during school hours could go there with supervision from their teachers?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 10, 2014, 01:55:16 PM
Road closures due to flooding
 
Datchet – Junction of High St/Slough Rd/The Green and also Queen’s Rd, Horton Rd and South Lea Rd
 
Horton – Datchet Rd
 
Wraysbury – Welley Rd
 
Bisham – Quarry Wood Lane
 
Windsor – Pococks Lane and Home Park car park, Kind Edward VII car park Datchet Rd
 
Cookham – B4447 where it crosses The Pound, Ferry Lane, Sutton Rd (between Sheephouse Rd and Cookham High St) also Cookham Bridge
 
Ascot – Station Hill
 
Hurley – High St, Shepherds Lane, Mill Lane and Hurley car park
 
Eton – Meadow Lane
 
Also to be aware – A308 at Runnymede in Surrey is also closed


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 10, 2014, 06:52:39 PM
The revised Causeway opening times - 9.30am - 11am, 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 3.30pm - 5pm.
This was confirmed on the RBWM website at 5.40pm today


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 11, 2014, 11:42:55 AM
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) would like to ask for your assistance in helping us to pass on our safety messages during this period of flooding.
 
RBFRS is operating at Condition Red following the issue of a ‘Severe’ flood warning, indicating danger to life, for the east of the county and the countywide flooding that has been affecting all areas. A ‘Major Incident’ has been declared in the Thames Valley for flooding. RBFRS is involved in multi-agency emergency response and coordination planning at county, Thames Valley and national level.
 
There are widespread road closures in place throughout the county due to flooding but despite this, many drivers are still trying to travel through flood water and then requiring rescue. Wherever possible, please take the opportunity to stress our key safety message – Do Not Drive through Flood Water.  Drivers are still taking enormous risks, with several vehicles having become completely submerged – drivers are endangering their lives.
 
Advice can be found on our website www.rbfrs.co.uk.
 


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 11, 2014, 11:53:03 AM
First Great Western are advising people not to travel to London Paddington unless absolutely necessary as services are disrupted because of flooding at Maidenhead. LIve information at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thomas Lee on February 11, 2014, 03:28:25 PM
First Great Western are advising people not to travel to London Paddington unless absolutely necessary as services are disrupted because of flooding at Maidenhead. LIve information at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk.
According to FGW at Paddington, as of just now, the two fast trains from Paddington to Marlow are still timetabled to run. That being said, the chap I spoke to said he could not say they would run on time - just that they were timetabled to run.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: CH on February 11, 2014, 03:35:47 PM
Even if it doesn't reflect it on the timetable, it says on the FGW website that they are running a Saturday service (and they were this morning) which will mean that the direct trains from Paddington are unlikely to be running. 

This morning it was showing the normal direct trains online (I checked first thing) but they had put in place Saturday service and sent the train off to Maidenhead 5 mins before we all arrived.  Next train (50 mins later) was cancelled so we had to pile into taxis to Maidenhead.  Then at Maidenhead it's an emergency service with no trains towards Reading (rail replacement). 

TOTAL CHAOS - don't take the train unless you really need to!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 11, 2014, 05:02:15 PM
LOOTING DURING FLOODS

ACC John Campbell, gold commander for the policing operation around the on-going flooding in Thames Valley, said: “Thames Valley Police has dedicated a significant number of officers across our Force area to assist in flood relief efforts and provide support to our local residents.

“We are also responsible for co-ordinating a number of agencies that make up the strategic command group, which includes the Environment Agency, local authorities, the Fire and Rescue services, ambulance and the military.

“There is an enormous amount of work going on across the Thames Valley to try and alleviate the flooding and put measures in place to help those that have been affected.

“I am aware that there have been rumours circulating about criminal activity and suggestions that looting has been taking place. I can state that there have been no reports to police that corroborate these rumours and additional officers have been deployed to flood affected areas to deter those who would look to exploit this situation to criminal ends.

“We are working very hard to help people and we will do everything we can to try and restore things back to normal as quickly as possible.

“I would personally like to thank all those people who have volunteered their time to help in the flood affected areas.

“Working together is exactly what is needed at this time as we all pull together to get through this, and I hope this will continue until the flood waters recede and a sense of normality has been restored.”


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 12, 2014, 04:43:20 PM
From a Parish Councillor

1800 (eighteen hundred) sandbags have now been delivered to the car park of the Crown Pub at the entrance to Berries Road


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Aries on February 12, 2014, 07:28:28 PM
And the British Army!

They arrived here earlier this afternoon and initially set up camp in the Kings Arms where locals were able (if they knew) to come and give them name/address details - they will prioritise any visits.

But the 1800 sandbags are being used by the Army to:

(a) position sandbags at doorways etc. all along the High Street

(b) Raise the level of the bund, immediately in front of The Crown and along the South side of the Causeway.  Additionally, they have created a small dam in the road across The Moor at its highest point to prevent any spill over into the High Street.

(c) They had, on their agenda, plans to take sandbags to Mill Lane & Woodmoor End where some flooding has started, apparently.

We spoke with one of the soldiers who said that they were monitoring the situation and that they would react if further properties were at risk.  So I don't think that the 1800 sandbags are for individuals to help themselves - best left for the Army to decide how best to deploy.

############

PS:  Is there anybody out there who understands beret colours.  Some of the soldiers had dark red berets and others had black ones.  Parachute Rgmt., Marines ? Royal Engineers?   I'm sure there are some out there who would know.  





Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 12, 2014, 10:33:14 PM
Toilets - special arrangements for flood-affected areas

The Council has organised for residents to use public toilet facilities in flood affected areas, including leisure centres and public halls.

Chemical toilets are also being delivered to very elderly and infirm residents who cannot travel.
A limited supply of portable toilets is being delivered to the following areas:

Tonight:
Ham Lane, Old Windsor (3)
Meadow Way, Old Windsor (2)
Junction of Fairfield Approach / Ouseley Road, Wraysbury (2)
Weylands (opp. Wraysbury Primary School), Wraysbury (2)
Welley Road, Wraysbury, oppist the junction with The Avenue (2)

Wednesday morning
Junction of Eton Road / Slough Road, Datchet (2)
Junction of Ditton Road / Horton Road, Datchet (2)
The Avenue, Datchet (2)
Neville Memorial Hall, Milley Road, Waltham St Lawrence (2)
Junction of Lightlands Lane / Bass Mead, Cookham (2)
Bisham Abbey Sports Centre, Bisham (2)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mac on February 12, 2014, 11:29:51 PM
If the berets are maroon they are airborne troops. This means they could be Parachute Regiment, 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 9th Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers or others. The point is that they have done P Company ie trained to jump.

There are a number of Regiments or Corps who have the same colour beret. You should also look at the cap badge as that will identify which units they belong to. It's not just the beret colour that identifies the soldier's regiment.

http://www.army.mod.uk/structure/32320.aspx

Bearing in mind the tasking and local units if they're Army they could be paratroops if maroon berets or Royal Logistic Corps if black though ultimately its the cap badge which will identify who they are.



Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 13, 2014, 12:14:06 AM
Volunteering to help

The Council has received many offers of volunteer help from residents and businesses, all wanting to support flood-hit communities. If you would like to volunteer please email emergency.planning@rbwm.gov.uk


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 13, 2014, 12:44:55 AM
From: "Jane.Jones@firstgroup.com" <Jane.Jones@firstgroup.com>
To:
Sent: Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 8:09
Subject: Update on services 12 February

Good Morning
Water levels at Maidenhead continued to affect services between London and Reading. Water levels have receded at Hinksey and speed limits have been raised to 50mph. Network Rail engineers are checking track circuits with the intention of resuming normal running between Oxford and Didcot later this morning.

Ticket restrictions are lifted across the Great Western network until Friday so that customers can vary their journey times. We continue to advise customers only to travel if absolutely necessary. We now have a dedicated travel advice page on our website www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/traveladviceand have moved to a 24 hour operation on twitter service.  Additional staff have been brought into help customers at affected stations.
Best wishes
Jane
Jane Jones |External Relations
Manager | First Great Western
B332 | Macmillan House | Paddington | London | W2 1FT
e: jane.jones@firstgroup.com | m: 07525 275485 | Twitter: @FGW


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: fehewer on February 13, 2014, 08:57:54 AM
The river has fallen to 119cm this morning but is expected to start rising again later today, and get back up to the 2003-type levels we saw a few days ago over the weekend.

The latest full forecast from the Environment Agency at 02:31am on 13 Feb 2014 is:

"River levels on the Thames are steadily falling but remain sensitive to the further rainfall forecast over the coming days. A Flood Warning remains in place as river levels are expected to start rising again from Thursday onwards. River levels are expected to return to levels similar to those seen during the past week, over the coming weekend. The Environment Agency's incident room is currently open 24 hours a day and we are monitoring the situation closely. Residents should remain vigilant. The weather prospects are: Showers on Thursday morning are expected and there is more heavy rainfall forecast for Friday and Saturday."
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/34681.aspx?area=061FWF23Cookham&page=1&type=Town&term=cookham

Cllr Fiona Hewer 


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 13, 2014, 10:08:42 AM
Thank you. 


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: wannabe on February 13, 2014, 02:29:44 PM
Thanks Fiona for all the info. Emailed you at the address in Cookham.com


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 13, 2014, 04:21:12 PM
Supt Kate Ford has produced a short video, outlining what is being done to support those affected by the flooding.  It has been posted onto Twitter and the TVP Website.
 
You can watch the VT and follow our Twitter feed on the TVP Webside: http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/
 
You will see the link on the left hand side to the Twitter Feed, or the link in the middle to ‘Floods Update - Social Media’.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 13, 2014, 04:24:14 PM
Thank you to all of those who have offered help and support.  We have already had the Windsor Duck out assisting in the evacuation of people and hotels, offering bedrooms and food.  If you are able to offer support please email directly to emergency.planning@rbwm.gov.uk

Secondly, a number of businesses have contacted me about current transport signage on the M4.  Firstly, to be clear, RBWM do not control what signage goes out on the M4.  This is the responsibility of the ‘Highways Agency’.  I have spoken the RBWM highways team about this and it appears that there has been a ‘regional strategy’ with the Highways Agency to try to ease the significant increase in traffic on key roads around flooded areas.

I have asked if this signage can either be changed, and or removed, at the earliest time.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 13, 2014, 04:26:49 PM
From RBWM

The Causeway, Cookham - extended access

Resident access over the Causeway has been monitored over the past few days and we are pleased to advise it is now possible to extend the opening hours to: 9.30am - 1.30pm and 3.30pm - 5.00pm. These times will continue through the weekend and will be reviewed on Monday. Full details below.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: wannabe on February 14, 2014, 06:45:14 AM
Screwfix offers on pumps and cleanup products.
http://www.screwfix.com/c/outdoor-gardening/water-pumps-fittings/cat840680?cm_mmc=Email-_-E14W02C-_-stickies-_-waterpumps (http://www.screwfix.com/c/outdoor-gardening/water-pumps-fittings/cat840680?cm_mmc=Email-_-E14W02C-_-stickies-_-waterpumps)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 14, 2014, 07:07:05 AM
RBWM does not show Widbrook closed, but closed down by Sutton Close. Have they made a mistake on their interactive map?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Aries on February 14, 2014, 08:43:10 AM
Thanks Mumofone, I had not picked up on the new interactive map facility:

http://maps.rbwm.gov.uk/flooding_14.html (http://maps.rbwm.gov.uk/flooding_14.html)


The road is marked closed but it is not displaying the blue police sign this time - I understand this has a legal significance.

However, the road has been in sporadic use throughout the recent flood by those choosing to ignore the signs.  I know of a couple of vehicles which came to grief about 4 days ago but I assume that with the levels being lower now, more motorists will be tempted to ignore the signs.

The RBWM Web site has been improved a lot recently but the interactive map page does carry the disclaimer "The information presented here is done so with the best of our knowledge.".  I note that it displays sandbag pick-up points (Datchet & Wraysbury for example) but not for Cookham yet.  I assume the stack in the car park of the Crown are for the Army to deploy.

The Holy Trinity School has its own website with  up-to-date information and good advice for parents (Half term starts this weekend):

http://www.holytrinitycofeprimaryschoolcookham.co.uk/ (http://www.holytrinitycofeprimaryschoolcookham.co.uk/)

Thanks
When all this is over, I think we should all thank those who have reacted so positively during the current crisis in providing information and services but I would personally like to thank Liz Kwantes without who COOKHAM.COM would not exist.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 16, 2014, 01:50:17 PM
FROM RBWM

Residents advised to stay prepared as river set to rise

Despite today's lovely weather, river levels are set to rise again over the next few days because of the rainfall we have already experienced.

From late Wednesday into Thursday areas which have already flooded are likely to flood again up to but not over the levels aready experienced. Properties that have been affected may be affected again.
As a result, residents are advised not to remove sandbag defences but to leave them in place and reinforce them if needed.

All of the agencies involved will continue to have representatives on the ground ready to respond quickly to any local issues.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 16, 2014, 06:44:34 PM
Waste collections in flood-affected areas

A special waste collection service will take place in flood-hit areas tomorrow (Monday 17) and Tuesday.
 
The Royal Borough has organised these additional resources specifically to collect household refuse in these areas where regular collections have been interrupted. Regular waste collections in non-affected areas will continue as normal.
 
We will make every effort to collect wherever access is possible.
 
 If residents can get their bins out, they are asked to put them in their usual position by 7am tomorrow morning.
 If they cannot because of water levels, our bin collectors will have the same problem and we will unfortunately not be able to collect at this time. However, we will make every effort to collect once levels drop to an appropriate level.
 Where bins have disappeared, but access is still possible, we will accept black bags.
 NB this collection service is for regular household waste only and we will not accept flood debris eg furniture, white goods, carpets (this will follow once levels have subsided – potentially later this week).
 
While we have experienced more settled weather today with river levels falling, these levels are expected to rise again over the next few days because of the rainfall we have already experienced.
 
Residents are advised to stay prepared as river levels set to rise
Despite today's lovely weather, river levels are set to rise again over the next few days because of the rainfall we have already experienced.

From late Wednesday into Thursday, areas which have already flooded may flood again up to but not over the levels already experienced. Properties that have been affected may be affected again.

As a result, residents are advised not to remove sandbag defences but to leave them in place and reinforce them if needed.

All of the agencies involved will continue to have representatives on the ground ready to respond quickly to any local issues.
 
Health and hygiene
Thames Water has reported drinking water quality issues in our region due to flooding – see www.thameswater.co.uk/help-and-advice/17715.htm
If water comes from a borehole or other private source, at the very least it should be boiled before use, whether for human or animal consumption.

While flood water is likely to be contaminated (at a very diluted level), this need not be a cause for concern, especially if residents take some simple, sensible measures including thorough washing of hands, using antibacterial gel, and removal of clothing and footwear when returning to the house. Useful information can be found at:
• Public Health England, www.hpa.org.uk
• Environment Agency, www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/default.aspx
• Food Standards Agency, http://food.gov.uk/policy-advice/microbiology/flood
 
Insurance claims
Residents are advised to check their insurance documents in order to determine what they need to do to claim – in particular whether they need to wait for a loss adjuster to visit them before they dispose of any damaged items.
 
Further details
For further information on flooding and for contact details, go to www.rbwm.gov.uk and click on the flooding link.
 
The Council can be contacted 7am to 7pm on 01628 683800, and 7pm to 7am on 01753 853517, seven days a week.
 


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Thames Valley Police on February 16, 2014, 06:53:57 PM
Neighbourhood policing officers continue to be out in force working alongside partner agencies to help those of you affected by the floods.
 
Although we have seen more stable weather today, flood levels are anticipated to rise again due to the rain water already in the systems and further rain anticipated in the week ahead.
 
People are urged to stay prepared to the threat of flooding and ready to respond to the information being made available to them by all the agencies involved in the flood relief efforts.
 
Sandbag defences and temporary flood defences put in place over the past week will remain as they are and people are urged not to tamper or remove these.
 
We anticipate flood levels to reach their highest around Monday evening and into Tuesday morning, though these will not be higher than those already experienced.
 
These increased levels will remain for a few days but we do not expect any properties that haven’t already flooded to be impacted. However, those that have flooded may be flooded again.
 
Flooded areas represent a risk to personal safety and as we move into half term week we are advising people to stay away from those areas affected.
 
For continued information on road closures, visit the Thames Valley Police Facebook page or follow us on twitter @thamesvp.
 
Flood warning and alerts on waterways are issued by the Environment Agency. Latest information can be found on their website http://www.enviroment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/
 
To speak to a member of your local neighbourhood team please dial 101. If it’s an emergency, dial 999.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Aries on February 18, 2014, 12:52:09 PM
FLOOD WARNING NO LONGER IN FORCE


I have Just received the following text (subset) and phone call from the EA


      "The Flood Warning for the River Thames at Cookham is no longer in force.  

     No further flooding is currently expected for your area.

     Flood Warnings and Alerts may still be in force for surrounding areas."


And that is just minutes after a heavy downpour!  Anyhow, the panic seems to be off for now and it's time to get back to normal.

I was wondering about the fate of the mountain of unused sandbags in The Crown car park.  Perhaps these could be made available to those villagers who have not been able to obtain their own.   It would help reduce the return overhead at the same time as increasing people's flood defences for the future.  Anybody know this situation?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 18, 2014, 08:04:53 PM
I hope they can be distributed to those in the most imminent areas of danger if they are wanted, or if the sand is of the right type/quality, it can be utilised for any repair work etc. I sincerely hope it does not go to waste. The thing is, hessian rots really quickly so the sand would need to be removed and stored for refilling sandbags at a later date.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Merlin on February 19, 2014, 08:04:24 AM
I was told (by an official) that The Crown car park sand bag collection was the distribution point for all houses
within the flood area, including those in Datchet and Wraysbury . . . go figure!!
It appears the bags will stay where they are for the time being with those persons seeking sand bags for their
property welcome to come along to collect them.
The Army presence is still evident . . . although they too are at a loss as to 'what happens next'!
The sand bags still line the bund and Moor Road around The Crown. . . whilst the river levels continue to recede.
Go figure . . . again!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: EUWAVE on February 19, 2014, 09:16:07 AM
Historically the magic mark for closing or opening the road across the Moor is 100. As of 8.45am today the level at the lock was showing 105, so I guess that is the reason they have not as yet dismantled the protective sand bags and re-opened the Moor road.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 19, 2014, 10:15:41 AM
I was thinking the same as you EUWAVE.  I guess they are hedging their bets at the moment, as the forecast up to 28 Feb is currently indicating that there could be some quite heavy rain still to come.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 19, 2014, 02:18:07 PM
The Parish Office be used over the next 3 days as a ‘Community Hub’ for the provision of flood related advice and guidance to residents ( there are similar facilities in Wraysbury and Datchet).

The Hub will be open from 9am until 7pm ( NB Parish Office staff will only be present during our normal hours) from today until Friday and representatives of RBWM, Police, Fire Service, Environment Agency and Aviva will be attending. Details of this service are being advertised on RBWM’s website, in the press, local radio, cookham.com  and on our notice boards.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Aries on February 19, 2014, 08:43:15 PM
But why have these sessions at the Parish Office?  It is located in Cookham High Road, up in the "mountains" and well away from the flooded area.  It’s not much of a location for us villagers – over a mile away.  Am I missing something here?

The road across The Moor is still closed and probably will remain so for the next day or so.   Surely it would have made more sense to hold these sessions in The Village somewhere, for example Holy Trinity offices, Holy Trinity School (closed for half term) or even Moor Hall.



Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 19, 2014, 10:19:31 PM
???

It's not far at all, I really don't understand what about 5-10 minutes walking distance away is any sort of issue at all. Confused.com


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Dragonman on February 19, 2014, 10:53:29 PM
You see Mumofone some people have never had to use Shanks Mare, and they are too lazy to learn!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 19, 2014, 11:44:30 PM
Indeed Dragonman. This localised issue has added 1-2 hrs extra walking/travel time each day going between Cookham and Maidenhead. Cookham is a very supportive village, and people will help the truly incapacitated and vulnerable as seen over the years ( many lifts and favours go on daily). But really, High Road or High Street for a meeting makes zero difference whatsoever to anyone.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Merlin on February 20, 2014, 09:51:32 AM
Errr . . can someone remind me exactly where the threat of flooding took place this past month?
Was it in Cookham Village or was it up in the Rise or indeed, the High Road (up in the mountains) ?!

Irrespective of whether it takes 5 to 10 minutes to walk it from the Village  (supercharged booties, I'd wager!) -
or indeed 20 to 30 minutes for Mum's with kids or the elderly, the Meeting ought to take place
at the Parish Centre in the heart of Cookham Village where most, if not all the residents can attend . . .
rather than said residents postponing or indeed not bothering (because using Shanks Pony as often
as we have had to endure these past weeks too-ing and fro-ing across the Causeway, can cause tedium).

So let's not get carried away and overly criticise nor label folk as "lazy" . . . it does make sense to
have the Meeting in the locality where the flooding was considered most threatening  . . .
not up on high ground where no one really gives a damn!

. . . or is that too much to ask and thus leave myself open to further criticism?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Archimedes on February 20, 2014, 11:52:26 AM
I thought Strande Lane area had problems as the pumping station was flooded and portable loos were being delivered. Also I saw the Fire Brigade doing something with water drainage there recently.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 20, 2014, 12:03:54 PM
Strande Lane had plenty of problems.  The householders in Lightlands Lane were affected by the pumping station and were sandbagged.  The householders in Strande Lane had water lapping at their doors, indeed some of the them even moved out once the sandbags were in place and the livery yard business at the end of the land had to move lock, stock and barrel to other premises (twice) this year.  A portaloo was delivered for all those in Strande Lane/Lightlands Lane (one chap had a chemical loo delivered to his house owing to infirmity) as they were unable to use either their septic tanks or normal mains facilities.  So they should definitely be involved in any meetings, and I suspect will be very vociferous attendees!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: monty on February 20, 2014, 03:04:06 PM
Paris I live in Strande Park Park Home site and we did not have any trouble with the pumping station. Yes were warned that if it stopped working we would have problems but to us in the Park Home site we were OK.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 20, 2014, 04:31:10 PM
That's good Monty, but did you venture down the lane through the flood to see the properties at the bottom of Strande Lane?  If you did you would have seen what I was on about.  Also the people in Lightlands Lane (I think Wannabe may have been one of them) had to have their gardens pumped out, also the entrance to Gainsborough was flooded across where it dips, I think that was pumped out as well.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: monty on February 20, 2014, 04:36:09 PM
Yes I am well aware of what went on in Gainsborough and Strande Lane. I lived down strande Lane on the 60's so well aware of all weather problems that can occur.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 20, 2014, 05:16:40 PM
Sorry, it was just that your post kind of implied that you thought I was making a fuss about nothing because the caravan park wasn't flooded.  I guess another example of how the written word can be misconstrued.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: The Baglady on February 20, 2014, 08:38:13 PM
 Paris , with ref to the written word Strande Park houses Park Homes  ( as Monty stated twice in his post ) and is not a caravan park !


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 20, 2014, 08:44:18 PM
Actually, park/mobile homes fall under the classification of the Caravans Act for legal/planning purposes, so Paris is not actually wrong there. Park homes sounds posher though!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: monty on February 20, 2014, 08:56:25 PM
Sorry but that is how they are advertised. as Park Homes not as Caravans. They are large well equipped with everything needed for easy iiving so don't put it down as a caravan.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 20, 2014, 09:00:00 PM
Well whatever people want to call them or advertise them as is neither hear nor there. Legally and planning wise they fall under the caravan/mobile home act, last updated 2013.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 20, 2014, 09:11:16 PM
http://parkhomes.lease-advice.org/advice-guides/buying-a-park-home/#1

There you go.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Styx on February 20, 2014, 09:23:13 PM
Mobile home owners pay council tax and ground rent. Always a major gripe of mine when I owned one!


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: monty on February 20, 2014, 09:25:42 PM
Well there you go - I am happy with what I live in and so are many people who live here I park homes/ or CARAVANS as you  may like to call them  8)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 20, 2014, 09:29:22 PM
Well the only reason I posted about it was because Paris was pulled up incorrectly. I love them personally, although some of the standing type charges are quite high! Would like one on a little plot of my own (I can dream!)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Styx on February 20, 2014, 09:29:47 PM
Absolutely loved mine Monty. If I still had it now I would have been evacuated due to flooding  :-[


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: The Baglady on February 20, 2014, 09:30:27 PM
We are quite aware of the legal definition , but our homes are known as Park Homes and have been for many years. As for your comment " sounds posher though " what a very rude statement !


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: monty on February 20, 2014, 09:35:22 PM
They are great places to live we have a good community and look after each other - where can you get that on other estates. X


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Mumofone on February 20, 2014, 09:40:40 PM
We are quite aware of the legal definition , but our homes are known as Park Homes and have been for many years. As for your comment " sounds posher though " what a very rude statement !

Not rude at all, just stating a fact. Anyway, it's obviously a bit of a raw nerve there, no offence meant, just putting it straight for Paris :)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Paris on February 21, 2014, 10:13:08 AM
I do beg your pardon, I did not mean to cause offence by calling it a caravan, it's just that it what it has always tended to be known as locally.  

Incidentally a family member owns a similar 'park home' on a site in the New Forest which is an absolute delight, they always colloquially call it the caravan too!

Anyway, as I say I meant no offence to anyone and did not intend to cast a slight on anyone's home.

P.S.  Thanks mumofone.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Kate on February 21, 2014, 08:57:56 PM
Seriously? 'Park homes' versus 'caravans'? Is this really the biggest issue currently on the table? I don't think anyone intended any offence here, and I think everyone is in agreement that the important issue is helping the community - the whole community - so perhaps a little moderation?

Just a thought...


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Dragonman on February 22, 2014, 12:25:50 AM
There has been a caravan site at the Strande for over 80 years. They have weathered more floods than most of you have had hot lunches. So what's the beef?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: EUWAVE on February 22, 2014, 10:37:10 AM
There are 61 posts in this string which is titled FLOOD EMERGENCY, almost a third, yes I know it is sad I have counted them, relate to the dispute over what you call a site or particular dwelling. This has absolutely nothing to do with subject matter of the initial post. May I suggest you start up a separate string to discuss what you call the park, and stick to the relevant matter in hand on this string?


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: smokey1 on February 22, 2014, 10:59:32 AM
Well said EuWave. I for one look at the post for any updates related to the flooding and road closures, not petty bickering.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Cookham Webmaster on February 28, 2014, 12:35:27 PM
From RBWM

Sandbags

Residents are being urged to hang on to the sandbags provided during the floods for potential future use, if they have not returned them.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: voter123 on March 09, 2014, 12:24:28 PM
Good to see the river level is back in normal range and under 30cm at Cookham lock. Thanks to all who have kept us informed.


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: Birdman on March 10, 2014, 08:18:46 AM
Did any more news come about the mysterious crack in the causeway bridge? I had a quick look the other day but could see nothing untoward. (apart from a Veolia van up to its axles in the adjacent grassy area!)


Title: Re: FLOOD EMERGENCY.
Post by: wannabe on March 10, 2014, 08:39:44 AM
I saw a report that the bridge had been inspected and that the crack was old ond the bridge was ok to use. Can't find the report now.  May have been caused by our troll banging his head. ;D