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Author Topic: FLOOD EMERGENCY.  (Read 40094 times)
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« Reply #15 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.

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« Reply #16 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
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2014, 12:44:55 AM »

From: "Jane.Jones@firstgroup.com" <Jane.Jones@firstgroup.com>
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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
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« Reply #18 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

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2014, 10:08:42 AM »

Thank you. 
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2014, 02:29:44 PM »

Thanks Fiona for all the info. Emailed you at the address in Cookham.com
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« Reply #21 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’.
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« Reply #22 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.
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« Reply #23 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.
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« Reply #24 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
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« Reply #25 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?
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« Reply #26 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


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/

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.
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« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 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.
 
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« Reply #29 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.
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