River levels fall, but flood risk continues

By Ross Findon

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

River levels fall, but flood risk continues

A flooded Morton Common Road. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Roads Policing via Twitter @IOWPolRoads

A FLOOD warning is in force for Langbridge and Alverstone this evening  (Saturday), according to the Environment Agency.

The warning was updated at shortly before 7pm tonight, when the EA said that despite Eastern Yar levels falling steadily during the day, they remained high.

It said: "Due to high rainfall over the last few weeks, there is significant floodplain flow along the Eastern Yar. 

"Overnight the Met office forecast a further 4 to 9mm of rainfall. The next few days are forecast to be showery and any rainfall will slow the rate at which the river returns to normal winter levels. 

"The river continues to remain very responsive to any further rainfall."

A flood alert was also in place for the Eastern Yar tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.

"Less than 5mm of rainfall has fallen in the last 24 hours in the Eastern Yar catchment. River levels in the upper part of the Eastern Yar catchment have continued to fall throughout the day, but are still high. 

"The river levels in the Sandown area are also high, but have started to fall slightly. The area around Riverside Caravan Park, Sandown will be saturated and it is likely that some roads are flooded in the Sandown area. 

Earlier today Isle of Wight police warned drivers to observe road closure signs on flooded roads.

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by Russell Palin

19th January 2014, at 16:32:35

Well Dave, the globe can cool fast too. The best trigger I know of, for an Ice age, besides Meteorite impact is volcanic, Iceland has the right caliber volcano size range and the history of cooling down our weather here in the UK many times in the past. Laki volcano did it last time I believe. Just Google Laki Iceland. the consequences in Europe.
Anyway mother nature is in charge and no amount of peer reviewed scientific reasoning can beat her or foretell her at the moment.
Good luck with the weather everybody.

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by David Blackford

19th January 2014, at 13:25:12

Rob - I once read that Dave Cameron was going to give our Country a referendum on Europe. Don't believe all you read!

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by ROBERT SMITH

19th January 2014, at 13:21:56

Don't worry l read yesterday there is a NEW ICE AGE coming due to the sun cooling down. So that knocks it on the head about global warming once and for ALL!!!!

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by David Blackford

19th January 2014, at 09:17:43

Yes Russell - Global warming - Brrrr in America = Welly boots in UK

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by Russell Palin

19th January 2014, at 08:26:37

The cold polar vortex is returning to the USA again "they" say, that means a replay of the windy wet weather for us is "possibly" on the cards in a week or so.
I am no expert and this is a long way off yet, it may well change, but keep an eye on the official forecasts folks.
I hope Summer 2014 is like 1976 after this lot...

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by Russell Palin

19th January 2014, at 07:50:46

Has anybody noticed that running heavy goods vehicles, buses and big tractors over the roads during this bad weather period is damaging the roads so badly on the Island, dips, bumps and hollows are panned down by the heavy weight of those vehicles,. This is because the ground beneath the roads is yielding due to the water. Most of the roads on clay ground are cracking, moving and breaking up. Gravel sand and silt are washing away from beneath roads and the railway in places too.
Verges are that soft when a large vehicle just as much as glances the edge it sprays mud and stones all over the road.
I am not complaining, just stating a fact.
We (the Island) will need help with this from central government I think. The PFI budget can not be expected to survive too much of this sort of thing without help IMO.
Weather pattern change is what the Island needs at the moment, although be careful about wishing for cold, Mother Nature is cracking a strong whip at the moment.....

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by David Blackford

19th January 2014, at 07:46:25

As one of the older contributers I can cast my mind back and remember when the weather was much more "normal". - Yes, a few floods but the weather, not just here, but all over the planet has changed, usually for the worse and in my opinion it must be global warming - and it will only get worse. Too many heads in the sand - Governments must face up to it and not just think of being re-elected!
For a definitive answer to flooding in this Country it would be interesting for Insurance Companies to look back into their records over the past 50 years on flood damage claims (disregarding claims for new build on flood plains)

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