flooding .....no power.... be prepared ......

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flooding .....no power.... be prepared ......

Postby ladyarcher » Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:41 pm

It must have been horrid for people who have had no power over Christmas ........ and also even more horrid for people who have been flooded .....maybe I am being harsh, but if you have some idea that you may be flooded, surely you would carry anything you could lift, upstairs......items like treasured family photographs, videos, etc....... treasured ornaments, expensive 'toys' like the tv and computers ......your books.....cushions, curtains, rugs, goods from your larder such as flour, sugar, tea, milk, eggs, tinned goods....your kettle and a few containers of fresh water .........small chairs, even things like arm chairs, tables, dining chairs, china.....and if you have help, even the settee......a piano might be pushing it ...... but there is surely a lot one could do.......

We lived for ten years on the West Coast of Scotland ........ from time to time the electricity was off, sometimes the water supply was damaged, and from time to time the road was blocked ....everyone had a sensible amount of stored food...... and many people, ourselves included, had a small generator.......so our lights and freezer were operational....we also used to camp a lot, so had plenty of bad weather gear and camping gaz........our Aga was gravity fed oil and we had a big multifuel stove........we were high above the sea, so flooding was not a worry, but power was, and getting around to our animals......

....now we live in mid Wales ........ we still have our generator, I always have a good level of provisions ..... it so happens that our house here is very close to a river, it is at the bottom of our garden........the river level fluctuates greatly......if there is a lot of rain and the headwaters in the mountains are full, the river can rise five or six foot in less than an hour.........that brings it up to within a foot of the ground level at the end of our garden.......our house is another four foot higher, so it would still have a bit of a way to go to get right up to us.......and as far as we can see it would first flow over into the fields the other side........ but, we have been prepared........we keep a regular watch on the river, and our generator has been hooked up for the last couple of weeks, needing only a 'pull' to start it........we are lucky in that our aga here is also gravity fed oil, and we also have an open fire.......

So,....... I find it difficult to understand why people do not take more care of themselves in preparing for the worst......hoping that it won't happen of course ......obviously if the power is off for a very long time, it becomes more difficult, and flooding would be horribly upsetting because it is not always nice clean rain or river water........., in towns and new estates built on flood plains, it will be sewage ....even more reason to be prepared......it seems that many people are a bit too far from the 'grass roots' of the techniques for keeping warm and supplied ......people were far worse off in the war and became innovative and imaginative in how they managed......I see that Kirsty Allsop has had a 'rant' about it......and she is far too young to have been around when there was still rationing.......I, on the other hand, am not......

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Re: flooding .....no power.... be prepared ......

Postby Donotunderstand » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:15 am

On one news report the residents were complaining that they hadn't been advised to move out soon enough despite there being 2 feet of water. Are people not able to take responsibility for themselves? We live near a river which occasionally bursts its bank and floods the local pub. If there was any danger of it spreading up to us we would put as much as we could upstairs and consider getting out.
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