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Jubilee River seems to be a hugely contentious project -
which rather than alleviating flooding has simply transferred
the problem to different locations. Is anyone aware of whether
a formal investigation is planned? If not is there a central
lobby group pressing for one? These issues need to be addressed.
DID NOT THINK IT WOULD BE LONG AGAIN BEFORE MOST OF THE
COUNTY WAS PUT ON FLOOD WATCH THE RIVER THAMES AT WINDSOR/DATCHET
WAS RUNNING VERY LOW ON SUNDAY ON MONDAY WE WOKE UP IT WAS
QUITE HIGH AND AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS NOW OVERTOPPING
BANKS IN PLACES. THE THAMES AT WINDSOR WAS ALSO HIGH BY
THE TOWN BUT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE PROTECTED BY THE JUBILEE
RIVER , THEN SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT BECAUSE THE RIVER WAS
HIGH IN WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD THE JUBILEE RIVER WAS OPENED
WHICH MENT THE LEVELS IN WINDSOR DROPPED DRAMATICALLY BUT
IN DATCHET ROSE SHARPLEY. WHATS GOING ON!!! THE JUBILEE
RIVER IS NOT HELPING JUST HELPING WINDSOR & MAIDENHEAD
thames has a non flood flow capability of just 285 m3/s.
The floods at Wraysbury were caused by the Environment Agency
sending a total peak of 395 m3/s down a combination of the
Thames and the dreaded flood channel. The design of the
Thames and the flood channel is for a peak of 515 m3/s.
Scared? you bloody well should be! this man made monster
must be called in for an Independant enquiry NOW!!!!!!!!!!
sister has lived in Chertsey for 14 years and we have lived
in Wraysbury for the same amount of time. Neither of us
have experienced flooding of our properties until this year.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
would be amused to actually see any scientist worth his
salt putting out this childish "what goes in comes out"
rubbish in trying to justify the jubilee river.
an absolutely simplistic and completely inaccurate picture
of the situation for a river. This "in rate to out rate"
rule is particularly ridiculous as therefore you could say:
Lets build a big high dam at Windsor and nothing will change
as "what goes in will surely come out".
eventually, indeed over a long enough period of time what
goes in would come out once the dam was overflowed, But
in the meanwhile water levels in Windsor would rise and
much of Windsor would be flooded. Rain comes irregularly;
the river has to in effect deal with giant blobs of water
not a continuously regular flow. If the flow was completely
regular then there would have never been any reason to have
variable size gates on all the existing weirs. The way it
copes with these blobs is to spread them out over large
often v shaped flood planes that effectively massively increase
the rivers width , whilst at the time slowing the water
flow rate over these planes away from the main depth of
the river by a large factor, as well as providing a degree
of absorption. Every obstacle along these flood planes helps
to slow the water, everything from a blade of grass to a
of these flood areas are not even directly connected to
the main river by a channel but are instead connected to
the river by the porousness of soil, e.g. depressions in
the ground, ponds , dips in nearby areas to the river. This
gives an even larger delaying effect. The overall normal
effect of a section of river is to spread out a "blob" of
high flow and delay it, unlike a straightforward channel.
The "Jubilee River" tries to polish its name with the word
"Jubilee" but recent events show this to be sheer polish
on a dirty scheme. To bypass a normal set of flood planes
such as this Jubilee river has done and in effect try to
directly connect with high flow rates two very different
water levels will and has had an obvious effects to anybody
that can do even basic maths.
only way I believe the jubilee river could have been approved
is through either incompetence or corruption, as it obviously
has no real scientific basis. Its a bit like one of those
giant schemes you hear about in old style communist dictatorships
that go horribly wrong, except that this has happened in
what is supposed to be a democratic modern country... Once
again I would say that I would be amused to see a single
scientist of any worth saying this scheme will not flood
the areas downstream of it.
they let the Thames Valley flood to save central London
from flooding? I noticed that the Thames Barrier was raised
for some length of time just before or during our flooding
- because of very high tides.
the Barrier stops the tide coming in, but presumably it
also stops the river water flowing out. So I suppose some-one
has to slow water coming down the Thames to avoid floods
in London (i.e. keep it up-river)
should be obtained of the closure of the Barrier and also
details of all the water levels at all the locks on the
Thames, also how high the river rose at the London embankment
area during our floods. An expert could then give an opinion about
might like to pass the above idea to the Residents of Ham
Island for their further investigation.
tell us that Sonning Bridge is now passable as the flood
is now a puddle. Three staff have to travel to Caversham
at 5pm and hope that it is officially open to avoid the
long delays in Central Reading. PLease can it be inspected?
BERKSHIRE - Yes it is open!
live on a very small island in the thames opposite old windsor,
and I have lived there all my life. Evey year, we flood,
as to be expected when living by the river, but what happened
this year was not just a flood it was catastrophic! I rung
the environment agency and they claimed that the floods
in Wraysbury were due to the amount of rainfall, not the
Jubilee river. When I asked them if that meant that Maidenhead
had a different ecological system, I mysteriously got cut
off! I fail to see how they can possibly say the Jubilee
river had nothing to do with it. Maidenhead remained dry
while some parts of our garden were over 5 feet under water!
More than 3 feet extra water than we have had for 55 years,
coincidence? They have sacrificed Wraysbury to benefit Maidenhead.
All that will happen if they build a flood relief for Wraysbury
is our water will get dumped on the next village down, and
they will have the same devasting problem.
Cherry Hayden, Wraysbury, middx, UK
In Wraysbury As you should all now be aware, Wraysbury along
with many many other areas has recieved the worst flooding
in living memory.
aspect of this thtat concerns me most is thtat the Environment
Agency achieved this by opening only one and a half of the
available three sluices (source-their web site).
remaining sluices were left closed because they were concerned
that the speed the water was travelling down the flood channel
was eroding the newly planted banks. Thus a decision was
made to back water up, flooding areas up river, ie Cookham.
With the sluices only half open the report is that most
of the flooding in our village was achieved in about 2 to
concerns me is, when the banks are established would these
fools open the lot up? The Jubilee River was a great idea,
built I am sure with good intentions. However it is plain
to all but the Environment Agency that it is flawed. During
the presentatioin made in our Village Hall last year, much
was made of how the computer model predicted all was fine,
and that "what goes in comes out, so we are no worse off"
clearly little notice was taken of the storage and subsequent
delay of water achieved by flooding Maidenhead.
all need an independant enquiry, alternatively we should
as villages elect teams, liase and take them on as together
we stand a chance of getting an explanation.
JUBILEE RIVER HAS PLAYED A HUGE IMPACT ON THE FLOODS SEEN
A FEW DAYS AGO. NO MATTER WHAT ANY EA OFFICIAL SAYS THERE
IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE FLOODING. ALTHOUGH MANY AREAS ARE NOW
BEEN DOWNGRADED BY THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY FLOODING IS A
REAL RISK OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS / MONTHS AS FEILDS ARE
SATUATED AND THE WATER TABLE IS STILL VERY HIGH SO ALL RESIDENTS
LIVING NEAR THE RIVER IN BERKSHIRE MUST KEEP AN EYE ON WEEATHER
AND RIVER CONDITIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. BEST REGARDS
FOR THE NEW YEAR LETS HOPE THE EA TAKES ACTION NOW !!!!!
THE COUNCIL ALSO NEEDS TO HAVE MORE PLANS READY TO GO IN
TO FORCE MAY BE EVEN SETTING UP A FLOOD PREVENTION TEAM
WHICH INCLUSE VOLENTEERS TO HELP IN TEH SITUATION OF A FLOOD..
OF WINDSOR,OLDWINDSOR,DATCHETT ETC , BERKSHIRE
totally agree with Barbara. I travel to Bracknell each day,
from Caversham Park and it's been taking me 2.5 - 3 hrs.
The most direct route for me (and a lot of others trying
to get to London, Bracknell etc.) is through Sonning. A
third bridge is the way forward because I cannot see the
flooding problem going away in Sonning and this will become
an annual event. Do the councils (Oxon & Berks) not realise
the choas this has caused everyone? Sonning bridge is the
busiest bridge in the area!! I'll build the third bridge
myself if I have to!!!
to the Sonning Bridge closure my journey to work (between
Caversham and Wokingham) has taken me 2.5 hrs. By Wednesday
I could take it no more so I have been leaving for work
at 6.00am and therefore missing all the traffic. WHEN are
we to get a 3rd bridge???????????
have worked in the Runnymede area for the past seven years
and the flooding that is currently affecting us is much
more sever than I have seen before. The businesses on the
Causeway have either had to shut because of flooding, or
hire in portable lavatories since the high water levels
are creating havok with the sewage systems. I sincerely
hope that local councils take note of areas that are currently
flooded and even though the may be under pressure to allow
building projects for 'affordable housing' are not daft
enough to allow more building on flood plains. John - Ascot
was driving to work in Cookham in my brand new mini when
i got stuck in the floods and my car staled in the road
which was where the thames had burst its bank. I had to
call the fire brigade to come and rescue me. Wasn't at all
amused and wasn't the start I had planned for the new year.
There were no signs or warnings saying that the road in
front was flooded. If I had seen a sign I would have never
attempted driving through. I am now facing a £5000 cost
for a new engine.
Sirs, I use the horton road to travel to work in Stanwell
and due to the severe flooding i cannot use this road and
neither can i use the road through runymead because this
is flooded as well, So i have to use the M4 along with everyone
else. I am astonished to see the level of water that has
amased on the Horton road and it is the worst i have seen
but i would like to say that this is not the first time
that i have seen the horton road flooded, I have been using
this road to get to work for the past 6 years and still
nothing has been done to sort this problem out. Do we know
when the money we put toward council tax will sort this
problem out, rather than spending the money on speedhumping
windsor. A very irate driver who spends 2 hours every day
getting to and from Windsor.
are all affected by the floods. Because some people like
to live in a beautiful area that used to be a flood plane,
we all have to pay more in insurence. If they want to live
in a flood area then they should pay not the rest of us.
Taylor, Smethwick West Midlands.
to my last email, you might like to know that Ham Island,
Old Windsor where I have lived for the past 16 years, was
not covered by a "Severe Flood Alert" on the last Saturday
or Sunday when the level of water in road rose to over four
feet in places, not to mention that several properties had
over two feet of water inside. Bearing in mind this total
unawareness and incompetence showed by the Environment agency
how can we have any faith in their comments regarding the
"Jubilee River" flood releif scheme.
Hall, Old Windsor
the man working in Madeinhead...Pop down to Runymead, wraysbury
and old windsor! Your sure to see floods here! I'm 54 and
although i've lived here for 20 years now i cannot remember
anything like it....although it is jolly good fun! And the
Snow made everything look so pretty...like windsor on a
I'm working in Maidenhead and I see no sign of flooding here....
Hmmm...Where's all the water gone?!
Road - Datchet. Tuesday 7th Jan am. Yesterday we had rising
water in our back garden to a depth of 1foot and creeping
towards our back door.
we have a skating rink but added to this is the problem
of having been unable to use the loos at our house or run
baths etc since Sunday morning.
had water backing up our loo and the manhole cover lifted
in the garden to get rid of the backed up foul water which
is now fertilising our back garden!.
today a chemical toilet arrived. Having lived in Datchet
for six years now and listening to comments from fellow
residents on our road some of whom have been living here
for over forty years - this flooding appears unusual for
Local suspicions are now focussed on the Sunnymeads sewage
installation carried out some 18 months ago without any
local consulatation and the Maidenhead flood relief system
which has obvioulsy served them well to our detriment.
cannot see any evidence for higher rain fall in our area
this year compared to previous years and believe that the
water has simply been forced to divert against its natural
path. It's time to start asking questions!
Jimmy again....Does anyone know where i could find infomation
on the weather forcast for the next few weeks? People are
starting to forget this but you have to remember this could
carry on to April....Get the boats ready!
cinema that i go to to see all the latest films was under
two foot of water and so i have been unable to go and see
the newest films to date.
floods on the Hennerton Backwater in Wargrave are the worst
they have been in the 24 years my parents have lived there.
One of the reasons isthat the Environment Agency refuse
to dredge the backwater so its depth has been reduced to
6" in some places which makes a great deal of difference.
mother's house has water throughout the groundfloor and,
because her kitchen is below ground level, even deeper water
in there. There were no final warnings from the Environment
Agency on the night of 1 January and during the night the
river rose sharply and engulfed the house. No extra sandbags
were delivered or any help offered.
was much more that the Environment Agency could have done.
THE FLOODING IN WINDSOR & DATCHETT IS GETTING SLIGHTLY BETTER.
WITH WATER LEVELS FALLING VERY RAPIDLY BUT IT WAS VERY CLOSE
TO OUR PROPERTY WHEN THE LEVELS WERE VERY HIGH ON SUNDAY!
ANY ONE KNOW THE CURRENT SITIUATION ABOUT THE JUBILEE RIVER
BEING CLOSED OFF BLOCKING WATER FROM FLOWING DOWN STREAM
WILL THIS FLOOD DOWNSTREAM AREAS WHEN RE OPENED?
SUPPOSED TO BE MORE RAIN ON THE WAY NEXT WEEK SO MORE FLOODING
COULD HAPPEN LETS HOPE NOT!
estate was ok on Friday after the rain had stopped, however
it started to flood over the weekend and only peaked in
the early hours of Monday morning, Now this has got to be
down to Man and not a act of god, So who is responsible
for all the damage, I believe that there was no flooding
in Maidenhead thanks to the new flood relief scheme however
Chertsy and Wraysbury have had serious flooding, thanks
to this new flood relief scheme.
Obviosly a well thought out plan, Somebody should be made
accountable for this, But I know who the enviroment agency
will blame and that will be somebody who can't defend himself
and that being GOD himself, but let me ask you this did
GOD build all these wears across the rivers or did he build
the new flood relief scheme, some how I don't think so .
well I'm away now back to these scenic views of my own personal
lake around my house. Brassed off and wet.
is Jimmy again...i've got a update which will shock you
Old windsorians the feilds behind Medow Way are flooded....only
anyother 2 inches and BAM...FLOODS!
end of Wraysbury under 2ft - 3ft of water since Friday 3rd,
with approx 100 houses marooned.
ONE has been down the Brookside Ave end (the worst affected
area) to advise or inspect. Now Monday 6th eve, flood has
gone down 2 inches.
Welley Rd and Horton Rd junction has been flooded and closed
since Friday, however do the people of Welley Rd and surrounding
roads realise that they will also be marooned when the main
road is flooded at the junction of Staines Rd & Welley Rd
thereby cutting off 1000 + people from the main road out
could happen in the next 24 hours if the village keeps flooding
at the rate it is now. Local authorities not very helpful
and conflicting reports from environmental officers - they
don't know. Make up your own minds, prepare for the worst
and if you can, go and stay with friends for a while.
serious questions need to be asked and answered by the local
authorities. Local councilors need to arrange meetings with
all the residents of Wraysbury as soon as possible.
Sandra Francis, Wraysbury, Staines, Middx
floods in windsor hasv been the worse they have ever been
since we have lived here! even in 2000 it was not as bad
as this! does the current flooding situation have somthing
to do with the new jubilee river. the council has been ussless!
they have offered no help! we had to get our own.
was the Environment Agency when we really needed it?? I
live right on the Thames at Purley in Berkshire and although
under 2 feet of water have still not received a "severe
flood warning" Calls to the Floodline provide information
which is 24 hours out of date, the website has crashed and
a call to the control room in Wallingford ended with us
telling them what the situation is!! Thanks a lot Environment
Agency - next time leave it to us, we obviously know more
about whats going on than you do!!
Chester, Purley nr Reading
floods in living memory hit Hurley in Berkshire - why? Collective
memories of residents of Hurley exceed 50 years but everyone
is clear these are the worst floods the village has ever
seen. Why? As residents listens to quotes about the success
of the flood relief scheme around Maidenhead central Hurley
around the Old Bell and Rising Sun suffered their worst
flooding since 1947.
prepared the residents of Hurley for what was to come. This
year, as in all previous years, the usual flood warnings
were erected but the flooding bore no comparison with previous
years. The floods arouse from 2 points.
but worse than ever was the spillage from the Thames through
the Hurelyford Caravan Park and then down Shepherds Lane
towards and into the Old Bell - this water then spilled
up and down the High Street.
predictable was the flooding along Bisham Brook that no
one had ever witnessed before. This flooded residents around
the vicinity of the Rising Sun. Resident at Temple Park
Farm for 50 years Magnus Pearce had never seen anything
like it - a familiar quote around Hurley this weekend as
local people raced for sandbags and tried to mop up.
authorities have to be asked why the flooding was so bad.
The residents of Hurley want some answers - was this a once
in a 50 year flood or was it a sign of the times to come
since the introduction of the new flood defences at Maidenhead?
birkhead, Hurley Berks
I live near the Thames in Reading . The road infront of
my house was underwater yesterday but has receeded a little
this morning but my backgarden is still under 1 foot of
water . The toilet can't be flushed as it fills up and doesn't
empty (such joy) . Why wasn't I offered any sand bags or
advise from the Council , Thames Water , Enviroment Agency
(who's website was down) . Luckily it hasn't entered the
house , yet . But it could have done . The weather doesn't
seem as bad as a couple of years ago and we didn't have
this problem then . Is this in any way connected with the
new Thames Water building on the other side of the weir/lock
? Or am I just being paranoid ?????
far as flooding in Caversham is concerned, the words, could
not , organise, party and brewery come to mind. City status
indeed, what a dreadful council.
Caversham RG4 8Ex
just got word that Datchet railway tracks have been flooded
by Kris cruisers...is that true? Also i was talking to a
lock keeper in old windsor and he said that it should peak
in the next 6-12 hours...and i heard there is alot of water
coming down from the great park....LOL...not looking good...anyone
know of a time when floods were as bad as this!?
a resident of Ham Island Old Windsor for the past sixteen
years, I am appaled by recent comments made a government
minister to the effect that the flooding of our area is
in no way related to the recent opening of the Maidenhead
flood relief channel and this is a myth put about to disscredit
rainfall we have had during the past six months is in no
way abnormal and we have not encountered anything last this
in the past sixteen years. It is also the first time in
my memory that the main road acros Runnymede has been closed
totally due to flooding.
August I travelled the whole length of the flood channell
and even at this time it was very nearly at normal operating
level. The argument put forward by the Environment Agency
at the time of construction was that excess water would
drain off onto the flood plain along its ten mile lenghth,
quite the reverse has been the case, all the ajoining farmlands
and fields have drained into the channel.
channel has bypassed three locks and weirs depositing its
contents about a mile and a half above us which has led
to flooding from Datchet to Chertsey at a level which has
not been seen since the floods of 1947.
net result of this is we have water in our houses, insurance
preiums which will at least diuble next year and propertys
that will be virtually unsaleable.
believe that the flooding of homes downstream of Windsor
only occured after the authorities opened the gates on the
new Jubilee River. Also the water is now across the road
in Datchet village centre.
Larcombe, Datchet, Berks
flood relief scheme is totally to blame for the current
floods in datchet, runnymede & old windsor.
the envoirment agency sleeps at night is a mystery. You
can never beat nature and this is now going to be a continuos
problem for us as residents.
have not had floods like this for many years. Still maidenhead
is nice and dry!
baker, old windsor
have lived in Purley for 17 years and we have never experienced
anything like this before.
conscious decision was taken to save Maidenhead, relieve
Oxford and let the area in between flood. Nobody bothers
with Purley because we are not in Reading and are on the
borders of West Berkshire.
Even the police needed a map and our MP Mr Salter pontificated
and spouted the usual rubbish about homes not being built
on a flood plane.
also added further insult by stating that underground was
full and this would happen every year - anyone with basic
geography knows that it's fills in the winter and empties
in the summer.
only had to look at the river level in November to realise
that this definitely is not the case. It's about time the
Purley River estate was noticed and the views of its residents
Sue Whiteley, Purley on Thames
would like to say that NOTHING has been mentioned about
the flooding in Purley....I was there today and saw several
of my mums neighbours lose everything they own which I think
is because the Environment Agency weren' even aware of how
severe the flooding was untill the people of Mapledurham
Drive phoned to say thy needed sandbags.
flood warning was given, but it is in fact a severe flood,
as the Thames is now running though the village in many
areas. Something HAS got to be done about this situation......I
hope when we get back tomorrow Mums house will be ok, but
we just don't know.
have been trying to get information as to the likelyhood
of my property being flooded. The Environment Agency Telephone
line & web page was unbelieveabley vague. It offered no
information other than than to keep an eye out for flooding
& give the weather forecast. It was pathetic. The amount
of money that must be wasted if that is all they can say.
They should be able based on my post code to give the likely
hood of flooding over a given time period. They give a general
forecast for 100 miles of the River Thames.
think the EA warnings are wrong. The Thames in Bisham is
the highest its been since I have been here (1984) and a
lot higher than 2000. Property down our road will be flooded
and the river is still rising at an alarming rate!
road past Sonning Eye is flooded but still not closed despite
requests to the authorities. Several vehicles have broken
down in the flooded area and have had to be dragged out.
It is recommended that you avoid using Sonning Bridge for
Bowen, Sonning Eye
A327 between Shinfield and Arborfield is flooded. Major
roadworks are still in progress to resurface this stretch
of road, but it has not been raised to prevent flooding.
problems on the A321 at Hurst are down to blocked drains,
your photographer found about the only working drain for
miles around! If they would unblock the drains the A321
could be re-opened. And the Loddon has just burst it's banks
at Whistley Bridge near Hurst.
~ RIVER THAMES - A FLOOD WARNING HAS NOW BEEN ISSUED SINCE
THEN THE RIVER HAS BEEN RISING AT A VERY RAPID SPEED THE
RIVER IS VERY CLOSE BY THE LOOKS OF IT TO BUSTING THE CRIS
CURSER BOAT YARD HAS NOW FLOODED WITH WATER GETTING CLOSER
TO THE MAIN ROAD.
didn't go out on New Year's eve because we have a stream
at the bottom of our garden and were worried it would have
risen up to our back door by midnight!
least the floods have meant that more birds come into my
garden - it looks like a lake and has attracted all sorts
including a Heron!
looks bad - there's a big flood by the farm at the roundabout.
right about the A321 - it was flooded on Hinton Road too
and that's where the diversion took you! Although it was
need to slow down when they go through floods and be considerate
- if someone is waiting for you to go through a flood don't
repay them by covering their car in watery muck as you pass
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