in a shower of rain,
he stepped in a puddle,
right up to his middle,
and never went there again.
The water shortage is serious & the supermarket shelves round here are empty of bottled water with people being limited to two bottles per person, milk is short so is bread & all the staples, 150,000 homes haven't got fresh water, ours included . It has been said that there are tankers on their way to ease it a bit, that's plus the four emergency lorryloads that have already been sent to two supermarkets.
The main road into Gloucester on Friday & as far as I know it's the same if not worse today.
We've never had floods like this, the only other ones were in 1947 & these ones are rivalling those now, it's serious because it's sort of come out of the blue, we had majorly heavy rainfall the other night, just as everything was recovering from the last lot so the river that was already swollen is now expected to burst & with the water we've already had we really don't need the river to burst as well. I went to sort my horse out earlier & the field she is usually kept in is now more or less marshland, luckily they've got higher ground so all the stock & horses have been moved there so that's less of a worry. I just hope it doesn't get any worse, I know Sheffield have had it hard but we're catching them up now. The media have woken up & are seeing it's not just up country that's suffering, a family member lives up near Prestbury park/the racecourse & it's flooded round there so they are expecting to be flooded out any day now if it carries on.
The emergency services are rushed off their backsides & are doing a great job but the local knuckle grinders aren't helping by insisting on going out in their cars & moving flood signs & cones because they need to get somewhere, plainly they haven't listened to the local radio or news because both are plainly saying unless it's absolutely necessary you should be staying indoors, but no, Vicky Pollard & co decide it's more sensible to wade through the water & get stuck then proceed to start bellocking for help, idiots. Why do people find it so very hard to take notice of obvious warnings?
It really isn't that difficult surely?!
Stay indoors = stay safe & warm.
Go outdoors = risk death & put everybody else in danger because of your own stupidity & pigheadedness. Great.
Yes I know I went to the yard but I had to go & to get there wasn't taking a huge risk & we certainly didn't move road signs & cones on the way!! The water was so bad in the high street on Friday that the manhole covers were balancing on the top of plumes of water.
Prestbury road on Friday afternoon. Tewkesbury town centre, below.
Still, it's not all bad because, & I quote
"Police confirmed that HMP Gloucester which is situated near the docks, would not be evacuated in the event of flooding."
Does that mean they're just going to let them drown in the event of flooding then? If so, we have an instant empty prison for all the gobshites that are thieving & looting empty homes & cars, a couple of hundred less oxygen thieves & an instant boon to the undertaker business. Not to mention 'death by natural causes/act of God' so no nasty murders etc. Everyones a winner!
UPDATE; "The county's routine hospital treatments & operations have been cancelled, and all magistrate and court hearings have also been postponed. Though the flooding was already bad, the Environment Agency predicted it would not peak in the county until late on Wednesday." So we haven't seen the worst of things yet.......