The floods

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The floods

Postby Kieran_Burns » Mon Nov 26, 2012 21:33 pm

Anyone got any stories?

A car broke down on the middle of the only open route into my village from the North this evening. Right slap bang in the middle, when I was 2 cars behind.

I would've been sympathetic but the bloody water was sill deep and I was worrying about my car stalling out and literally flooding the engine.

I wonder if I can cycle through it tomorrow?

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to drive and stupidly I left my work laptop in the office, so the bike is the only option but I've never cycled through water that deep....
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Re: The floods

Postby roger merriman » Mon Nov 26, 2012 21:44 pm

Rather depends if it's standing or flowing. I've gone though on the MTB over the bottom bracket type stuff, normally fording than long stretches though.

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Re: The floods

Postby nation » Mon Nov 26, 2012 21:44 pm

I work in motor insurance.

I am already thoroughly fed up with writing off cars that people have tried to drive through floods, and it's only November.

Interestingly, they are almost without exception BMWs. Make of that what you will.

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Re: The floods

Postby supersonic » Mon Nov 26, 2012 21:55 pm

Floods are very common where I live, fortunately this year it hasn't been too bad. Sandbags will be got if the rain continues though.

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Re: The floods

Postby dee4life2005 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:09 pm

People that attempt to drive through flood-water and subsequently get stuck, ruining their engine and causing their car to be written-off shouldn't be covered by their insurance IMO. It's just supidity in the vast majority of cases, and all it does it put up insurance premiums for all us sensible folks.
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Re: The floods

Postby Veronese68 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:21 pm

A few years ago the underpass by Kingston station flooded here. A car had tried to get through, it floated. It had enough bouyancy to float itself around so it came to rest sideways across the road. So even when the water subsided the road was still blocked. Anyone that knows the kingston one way system can imagine the chaos that caused. Yes, it was a BMW estate.

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Re: The floods

Postby Kieran_Burns » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:27 pm

The river level at Kegworth is 1.26 metres.

This measurement was recorded at 22:00 on 26/11/2012.

The typical river level range for this location is between 0.41 metres and 0.72 metres.

The highest river level recorded at this location is 1.31 metres and the river level reached 1.16 metres on 17/01/2008.



Is was at that level all day today. Bugger.
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Re: The floods

Postby Sketchley » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:42 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picture ... me=2409698

Picture 6 if link doesn't go straight there.... :shock:
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Re: The floods

Postby Veronese68 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:45 pm

Sketchley wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9703458/UK-weather-trail-of-destruction-as-floods-spread-north.html?frame=2409698

Picture 6 if link doesn't go straight there.... :shock:

That water is only 6 inches deep. The carbon fibre had melted and he hadn't stood up yet.

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Re: The floods

Postby nation » Mon Nov 26, 2012 22:50 pm

I've forded stuff on the MTB before. I'd probably be willing to do the same on the road bike.

At least on a flooded road you can be a bit more certain of what is under the water.

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Re: The floods

Postby beams87 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 00:05 am

Had a nice MTB around Burley in the New Forest with coriordan this weekend, we forded some knee high stuff.

Interestingly, my uncle is in that 95th percentile of men who think their estate is completely waterproof, and ploughed it straight into a 'puddle' at speed one day years ago. The bow wave covered the car completely, car flooded, horn got stuck on and he exited via the sunroof in front of the whole village who had gathered, A while ago now, but we still laugh about it.

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Re: The floods

Postby FoldingJoe » Tue Nov 27, 2012 08:16 am

I've had to drive from home in Bude to Taunton this morning to get my train to London.

Had issues getting home Thursday and nearly surged the car in a deep puddle I didn't see until the last minute (dark country roads). Steam everywhere, but managed to get the car started.
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Re: The floods

Postby Kieran_Burns » Tue Nov 27, 2012 09:08 am

Well - the water level was down this morning. Only ankle deep at the worst bit, but they've now closed the road in one direction: oddly the direction I was going last night, the one which the car that broke down was facing.

Oh, and all the cars driving half on, half off the the footpath have half collapsed a cable duct cover. It'll only take a few more cars driving over it for the whole thing to let go.
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Re: The floods

Postby Kieran_Burns » Tue Nov 27, 2012 09:19 am

Sketchley wrote:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/9703458/UK-weather-trail-of-destruction-as-floods-spread-north.html?frame=2409698

Picture 6 if link doesn't go straight there.... :shock:


As you go through those pictures... all the ones of Hathern are local to me, it's the next village South of me down the A6. Gives you some idea of what it's been like. I'm glad I live up a hill now.
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Re: The floods

Postby reformedfatty » Tue Nov 27, 2012 09:23 am

Loving that cyclist picture. Puts to shame all those who got off and walked the 3 inch deep ford on the exmoor beast this year :)

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Re: The floods

Postby essex-commuter » Tue Nov 27, 2012 09:47 am

Went running on Sunday and the Ford near me was running at 4 feet. Other roads were flooded and cars were watching me run through some to gauge weather (sic) they could drive through or not!
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Re: The floods

Postby meanredspider » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:01 am

reformedfatty wrote:Loving that cyclist picture. Puts to shame all those who got off and walked the 3 inch deep ford on the exmoor beast this year :)


+1 - no need to tell him to MTFU....!
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Re: The floods

Postby kieranb » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:05 am

Well, luckily for me we were up in Norfolk (Kings Lynn area) at the weekend and despite the flatness of the land we saw very little flooding and had no problems driving up there and back to London. Growing up, our house was right beside a river (if you looked out the bathroom window the river was right up against the wall) so we were used to flooding (e.g. all ground floor wiring was about 4 foot from the floor) and got many a day off school to go home and help!

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Re: The floods

Postby junglist_matty » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:58 am

The cycle path I use to commute is flooded, so went to take the road route, and the road was closed due to flooding... So turned around, got the car out and drove in the last two days, hopefully be back on the bike by the end of the week.

Trouble is the other route I can take is along a very busy A-Road with cars going well over 60mph, in good weather it's bad enough riding along it so there's no chance I'll risk it in bad weather conditions (drivers can't see clearly & slippery roads etc).

A long weekend ride is in order in place of missed commuting exercise!

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Re: The floods

Postby rjsterry » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:02 am

The flood prevention scheme where my parents live (South Gloucestershire), diverts water into surrounding fields (instead of into the village), and while they are on top of a hill, they aren looking out over a landscape of small lakes with those giant cylindrical bales floating around in them. The sluice gate of the flood prevention scheme is currently blocked by about 3 of these bales. Not seen it that bad in all the time I/they've lived there (30-odd years)
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