Widespread flooding in Watford

Widespread flooding in Watford

Widespread flooding in Watford

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Heavy rain has caused flooding across Watford today, as the River Colne has burst its banks.

The Environment Agency released a warning this morning for riverside properties in the town, and for Lower High Street.

Residents have reported flooding in Water lane, Bushey Mill Lane, Lower High Street and outside Tesco Extra.

The water is expected to recede today, as there is no further rain forecasted.

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4:55pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Andrew Turpie says...

Never mind, the mayor is ensuring that this will never happen again by selling off all our greenery to developers so they can kindly cover it with that super porous concrete material.....
Never mind, the mayor is ensuring that this will never happen again by selling off all our greenery to developers so they can kindly cover it with that super porous concrete material..... Andrew Turpie
  • Score: 53

6:59pm Sun 2 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

Andrew Turpie wrote:
Never mind, the mayor is ensuring that this will never happen again by selling off all our greenery to developers so they can kindly cover it with that super porous concrete material.....
But the Lib-Dems support overpopulation, so all we can do is build build build!

Stuff the consequences!

Going by population growth statistics and future forecasts we will not only see more flooding, but we will have serious fuel and food shortages. All coming to a head in only 25 years time! We will be desperate for arable land in the future, as richer countries will outprice us on our usual suppliers.

But as usual we never prepare for the future - Britain's continuing mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Turpie[/bold] wrote: Never mind, the mayor is ensuring that this will never happen again by selling off all our greenery to developers so they can kindly cover it with that super porous concrete material.....[/p][/quote]But the Lib-Dems support overpopulation, so all we can do is build build build! Stuff the consequences! Going by population growth statistics and future forecasts we will not only see more flooding, but we will have serious fuel and food shortages. All coming to a head in only 25 years time! We will be desperate for arable land in the future, as richer countries will outprice us on our usual suppliers. But as usual we never prepare for the future - Britain's continuing mistake. G_Whiz
  • Score: 32

7:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Andrew1963 says...

Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning
Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning Andrew1963
  • Score: 18

7:23pm Sun 2 Feb 14

TRT says...

The rain storm peaked around 4am reaching the north London/South Mimms etc. area. The Colne was slowly swelling from then on for the next 24 hours due to run off. It was already higher than usual. Thankfully, the rain didn't fall heavily to the west and north of Watford as well, otherwise the Chess, which escaped the downpour, would have swollen too and the Colne wouldn't have had anywhere to go. That's what happened in 2009 when the flooding was far worse. Waterfields flooded, as it should, but not as much as it used to thanks to the hotel. Bloody stupid idea building that there... The path under the Tesco/Argos bridge flooded, I've no idea how stinky Tesco must have got - their drains back up regularly.
And there were still idiots driving their cars through the flood waters, moving Road Closed signs to get through... I saw the AA's flood towing land rover around town today as well!
The rain storm peaked around 4am reaching the north London/South Mimms etc. area. The Colne was slowly swelling from then on for the next 24 hours due to run off. It was already higher than usual. Thankfully, the rain didn't fall heavily to the west and north of Watford as well, otherwise the Chess, which escaped the downpour, would have swollen too and the Colne wouldn't have had anywhere to go. That's what happened in 2009 when the flooding was far worse. Waterfields flooded, as it should, but not as much as it used to thanks to the hotel. Bloody stupid idea building that there... The path under the Tesco/Argos bridge flooded, I've no idea how stinky Tesco must have got - their drains back up regularly. And there were still idiots driving their cars through the flood waters, moving Road Closed signs to get through... I saw the AA's flood towing land rover around town today as well! TRT
  • Score: 19

9:37pm Sun 2 Feb 14

E.Coli says...

A day late well done Watford Observer, to busy reporting on lost cat or man steals a can of beer 9 months ago.
A day late well done Watford Observer, to busy reporting on lost cat or man steals a can of beer 9 months ago. E.Coli
  • Score: 16

2:20am Mon 3 Feb 14

John Dowdle says...

And the effect of concreting over the West Watford flood plain area will be.....?
Our very own Watford Levels?
And the effect of concreting over the West Watford flood plain area will be.....? Our very own Watford Levels? John Dowdle
  • Score: 20

3:40am Mon 3 Feb 14

Honest Rog says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning
It wasn't so much the rain on Saturday that caused Sunday's flooding it would have happened without rain because what the lower part of Watford is now experiencing is the run-off from the fields in Bricket Wood, The Mundens and other lands which the Colne and Ver drain. Trouble is that the fields surrounding these rivers are already saturated.
Didn't we have to suffer the closure of Water Lane about 12-15 years ago so that an accelerated tumbling bay was installed in order to prevent this occurrence?
Oh how we laughed when guests at the newly built Premier Lodge were marooned in (clue's in the name) Waterfields and had to scramble up ladders to awaiting taxis on the new link road. We told ya so!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning[/p][/quote]It wasn't so much the rain on Saturday that caused Sunday's flooding it would have happened without rain because what the lower part of Watford is now experiencing is the run-off from the fields in Bricket Wood, The Mundens and other lands which the Colne and Ver drain. Trouble is that the fields surrounding these rivers are already saturated. Didn't we have to suffer the closure of Water Lane about 12-15 years ago so that an accelerated tumbling bay was installed in order to prevent this occurrence? Oh how we laughed when guests at the newly built Premier Lodge were marooned in (clue's in the name) Waterfields and had to scramble up ladders to awaiting taxis on the new link road. We told ya so! Honest Rog
  • Score: 15

8:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

garston tony says...

John Dowdle wrote:
And the effect of concreting over the West Watford flood plain area will be.....? Our very own Watford Levels?
It wasnt a shock to see it was those areas that had flooded, a shame for those living there but its not like it hasnt been a fairly regular thing over the years. Yet as you say development has been allowed to continue...
[quote][p][bold]John Dowdle[/bold] wrote: And the effect of concreting over the West Watford flood plain area will be.....? Our very own Watford Levels?[/p][/quote]It wasnt a shock to see it was those areas that had flooded, a shame for those living there but its not like it hasnt been a fairly regular thing over the years. Yet as you say development has been allowed to continue... garston tony
  • Score: 11

9:52am Mon 3 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

Great video of a Flooded Water Lane - Remote controlled Helicopter?

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=sAI9I3y_a
IM

Why do they call them Water Lane and Waterfields?
Great video of a Flooded Water Lane - Remote controlled Helicopter? http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=sAI9I3y_a IM Why do they call them Water Lane and Waterfields? G_Whiz
  • Score: 9

10:42am Mon 3 Feb 14

pepsiman says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Great video of a Flooded Water Lane - Remote controlled Helicopter?

http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=sAI9I3y_a

IM

Why do they call them Water Lane and Waterfields?
Interesting vid, and I wonder how the guy who posted it travels through the water?........
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Great video of a Flooded Water Lane - Remote controlled Helicopter? http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=sAI9I3y_a IM Why do they call them Water Lane and Waterfields?[/p][/quote]Interesting vid, and I wonder how the guy who posted it travels through the water?........ pepsiman
  • Score: 4

11:50am Fri 7 Feb 14

abbotshornet says...

So floods are receding are they? That's good news!
So floods are receding are they? That's good news! abbotshornet
  • Score: 3

3:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John Dowdle says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote:
Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning
It wasn't so much the rain on Saturday that caused Sunday's flooding it would have happened without rain because what the lower part of Watford is now experiencing is the run-off from the fields in Bricket Wood, The Mundens and other lands which the Colne and Ver drain. Trouble is that the fields surrounding these rivers are already saturated.
Didn't we have to suffer the closure of Water Lane about 12-15 years ago so that an accelerated tumbling bay was installed in order to prevent this occurrence?
Oh how we laughed when guests at the newly built Premier Lodge were marooned in (clue's in the name) Waterfields and had to scramble up ladders to awaiting taxis on the new link road. We told ya so!
The hotel was built on Timms Water Meadow - if I remember correctly?
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Strange I don't remember much rain on Saturday, so it shows how saturated the ground is when Fridays rain causes flooding Sunday morning[/p][/quote]It wasn't so much the rain on Saturday that caused Sunday's flooding it would have happened without rain because what the lower part of Watford is now experiencing is the run-off from the fields in Bricket Wood, The Mundens and other lands which the Colne and Ver drain. Trouble is that the fields surrounding these rivers are already saturated. Didn't we have to suffer the closure of Water Lane about 12-15 years ago so that an accelerated tumbling bay was installed in order to prevent this occurrence? Oh how we laughed when guests at the newly built Premier Lodge were marooned in (clue's in the name) Waterfields and had to scramble up ladders to awaiting taxis on the new link road. We told ya so![/p][/quote]The hotel was built on Timms Water Meadow - if I remember correctly? John Dowdle
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 11 Feb 14

Cuetip says...

Let's hope that water management moves into the spotlight eg water abstraction and actually begin thinking about why rivers and chalk streams have in some years lost their energy to flow.
Let's hope that water management moves into the spotlight eg water abstraction and actually begin thinking about why rivers and chalk streams have in some years lost their energy to flow. Cuetip
  • Score: 3

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