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« 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.
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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

This will be effective from Tues 11th Feb but is obviously subject to weather conditions etc. Details will be posted on the notice boards.
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« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 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?
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« Reply #5 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
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« Reply #6 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
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« Reply #7 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.
 
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 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.
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« Reply #10 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!
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« Reply #11 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.”
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« Reply #12 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
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« Reply #13 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.

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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.  



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« Reply #14 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)
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