Swindon AdvertiserGales bring floods, fallen trees, rescues and cancelled events (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Gales bring floods, fallen trees, rescues and cancelled events

Swindon Advertiser: flooding at Ashton Road near Minety where  the waters in the brook flowed on to the road flooding at Ashton Road near Minety where the waters in the brook flowed on to the road

THE howling winds and torrential rain which battered the town this week are set to continue over the next 24 hours.

Among the incidents reported are felled trees, flooded gardens, blocked roads and stranded motorists.

Residents in Harcourt Road, Ferndale, were shocked when a tree fell just metres from their homes at 7pm on Thursday.

Tessa Hewington, 16, said: “We had just finished dinner and we got a knock on the door from a guy who had got back to his car, which was parked on the road.

“He said he had heard the tree creaking and was knocking on doors telling everyone to move their cars because he thought it was going to come down.

“The cars were moved in time, but when it fell it was resting on our neighbour’s fence. If it was a foot taller it would have hit the house.”

Tessa said neighbours had previously asked the council to trim the trees.

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “The trees in Harcourt Road were inspected last year and we found no problems.

“If residents report potential tree defects to us we will carry out additional inspections, but we cannot legislate for high winds and trees can sometimes show no signs of disease or distress before they fall down.”

Meanwhile, the northbound carriageway of the A419 was down to one lane between Blunsdon and Cricklade yesterday morning due to flooding.

Castle Combe Circuit, near Chippenham, has cancelled its racing school driving experience day today due to flooding on the track.

Fire crews returned to Kennedy Drive in Eldene to pump out gardens on Thursday following a visit on Wednesday.

Since Thursday fire crews have rescued 11 people from vehicles stuck in flood water.

“This included two women whose car was stuck in 2ft of water between Somerford Keynes and Minety in the early hours of Friday.

A Met Office spokesman said the chaos is set to continue. “From 6am on Saturday until 6am on Sunday there will be 20 to 30mm of rain falling over the region,” he said.

“The winds are going to pick up as well with 60mph gusts.

People experiencing flooding should call 0800 232323 from a landline, or 01225 777234 from a mobile, or 999 in an emergency.

l Have you been affected? Contact reporter Emma Dunn on 01793 501797

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2:21pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Oik1 says...

Keep calm and carry on!

It's winter, we have bad weather at this time of year, it's wet and windy nothing more, this hasn't sneaked up on us unexpectedly, it does happen.
Keep calm and carry on! It's winter, we have bad weather at this time of year, it's wet and windy nothing more, this hasn't sneaked up on us unexpectedly, it does happen. Oik1
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9:01pm Sat 24 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

come on adver! calm down! its not hurricane sandy,a few country get flooded and its like the end of the world.proof that people who live in rural areas are not prepared for bad weather and panic if they cant get their morning paper.stay at home,the weather will pass.
come on adver! calm down! its not hurricane sandy,a few country get flooded and its like the end of the world.proof that people who live in rural areas are not prepared for bad weather and panic if they cant get their morning paper.stay at home,the weather will pass. timt1964
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12:45pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

Flooding and high winds etc are gonna become alot more common as the climate changes. The drains cannot cope so need changing nationwide.
Flooding and high winds etc are gonna become alot more common as the climate changes. The drains cannot cope so need changing nationwide. Davey Gravey
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1:11pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Flooding and high winds etc are gonna become alot more common as the climate changes. The drains cannot cope so need changing nationwide.
Not to mention over-development, lack of attention to infrastructure, erc.

Plus there are no new reservoirs being built for all the extra housung sprawl.

So despite flooding problems we'll still have a drout before summer
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Flooding and high winds etc are gonna become alot more common as the climate changes. The drains cannot cope so need changing nationwide.[/p][/quote]Not to mention over-development, lack of attention to infrastructure, erc. Plus there are no new reservoirs being built for all the extra housung sprawl. So despite flooding problems we'll still have a drout before summer Empty Car Park
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2:10pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Wideangle852 says...

. . part of this problem is the last government scrapped the National Rivers Authority that were responsible for dredging our rivers . . only the largest rivers are dredged now by the Enviroment Agency , so that is why all our smaller rivers flood their banks . . they are full of silt . .
. . part of this problem is the last government scrapped the National Rivers Authority that were responsible for dredging our rivers . . only the largest rivers are dredged now by the Enviroment Agency , so that is why all our smaller rivers flood their banks . . they are full of silt . . Wideangle852
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