5.30pm update: Villagers evacuated in Kempsey flood

Cotswold Journal: Villageer evacuated in Kempsey flood Villageer evacuated in Kempsey flood

5.30PM UPDATE:

RESIDENTS in Kempsey had to be dramatically evacuated after their homes flooded in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were called to the village at about 5am after a suspected pump failure caused a deluge of flooding.

About 40 properties in the Church Street area were affected, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Around 30 residents in total were taken to the community centre, which was opened up specially for hot drinks, shelter and snacks.

By lunchtime today everyone affected by it had either returned home to start the clear-up operation, or had gone to stay with friends and relatives because of the extent of the damage.

Matt Liddle, who lives in the village, rang your Worcester News to say it was as bad a flood as he can remember.

"The rain yesterday was so bad, it kept on coming and you could sense there was going to be problems," he said.

"I live a short walk from Church Street and it was like a river. I feel so sorry for the people affected."

Colin Stronach, of Church Street, said: "About four o'clock I was woken up by my neighbours who wanted assistance putting their flood defence grates into place - in 15 minutes we had three inches of water in the house."
 

At its height the water reached nearly a foot inside his house, leaving him with ruined electrical appliances, kitchen equipment and soft furnishings.


"We've lived here 18 years and this is the third flood we've had, but we had hoped that after the defences were put in place, this would be the last one," he said.
 

Dan Cornes, of Church Street, said: "As of 10pm last night the situation looked absolutely fine.
 

“I went to bed thinking that nothing was going to happen, and I was woken up at about 4am by neighbours banging on my door. The water came up 12 or 13 inches in about 20 minutes."
 

At the lower end of Church Street, Steve and Julie Brook were lucky, with the waters reaching just below the level of their door, and only losing some electric garden tools in a shed.
 

Mr Brook said: "It reached the same level as the 2007 flood. I made a mark on my shed to mark that level, and last night the waters reached that mark."
 

Houses beyond Church Street were affected. The A38 was flocked by floodwater for a while and the Crown Inn was flooded, both the main building and the separate pool room.
 

Musician Dave Farrell said he lost amplification and PA equipment worth “hundreds of pounds” which had been kept in the pool room.
 

In Main Street, the cellar of the home shared by Luke Harris and Kirsty White was flooded. Mr Harris said: "We came back from London last night and I was worried about flooding, so when we arrived I stayed up most of the night and went to bed around five.
 

“Kirsty went downstairs and started screaming that the cellar had flooded. It’s the sentimental stuff you lose that’s the worst - things that can't be replaced."
 

The Environment Agency said one of two large pumps cut out in the early hours. They are now fully operational and water levels through Kempsey are continuing to fall.
 

Sixty caravans have also been flooded in Kempsey, with many residents laying the blame at the flood protection barriers.

Meanwhile, parts of the M50 were also shut this morning but have now re-opened.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's New Road ground is also under a deluge of water.

As the day went on, the Environment Agency has issued around 20 flood warnings for Worcestershire, with concern of more rain to come tomorrow.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has also asked drivers to stop taking "risks" by attempting to motor across flooded roads and fords.

Emergency services staff said they were called out to "several incidents" last night in which motorists has tried to navigate a flooded route and got stuck.

They also said they had to deal with "a remarkable number of 4X4s" which had become stuck.

Many of the concerns for tomorrow surround Worcester, where river levels were still 24 hours away from peaking at 2pm today.

Worcester City Council is currently door knocking 55 homes in the Diglis deemed to be at serious risk of flooding, and is making preparations for emergency shelter accommodation to be opened up for a worst-case scenario.

Other areas hit by the floods include Upton and Pershore.

For more, see your Worcester News tomorrow.

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11:38am Sun 25 Nov 12

saucerer says...

I feel sorry for those residents evacuated, and indeed for all the villagers. They waited years for flood defences after fighting so hard against the authorities for them, and yet when the defences are put in to action, they have failed. Begs the question whether the pumps were faulty from the outset and whether they were tested before the onset of the heavy rains. Seems yet another foul up from the council and EA which had led to residents suffering.
I feel sorry for those residents evacuated, and indeed for all the villagers. They waited years for flood defences after fighting so hard against the authorities for them, and yet when the defences are put in to action, they have failed. Begs the question whether the pumps were faulty from the outset and whether they were tested before the onset of the heavy rains. Seems yet another foul up from the council and EA which had led to residents suffering. saucerer

12:17pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Red Baron says...

I have lived adjacent to Church Street for the last 43 years and the current floods are no greater than is normally expected at this time of year.

I have to ask and I am sure that other Kempsey Residents will ask the same, why the flood defences that were commissioned earlier this year, after great expense, have not worked as "advertised" this time.

Church Street always floods if the Brook known as the Rocky floods. I am still surprised that homes had to be evacuated and have nothing but sympathy for the people affected.

You live by the river and you have to expect to have issues with flood water when the floods come each year.
I have lived adjacent to Church Street for the last 43 years and the current floods are no greater than is normally expected at this time of year. I have to ask and I am sure that other Kempsey Residents will ask the same, why the flood defences that were commissioned earlier this year, after great expense, have not worked as "advertised" this time. Church Street always floods if the Brook known as the Rocky floods. I am still surprised that homes had to be evacuated and have nothing but sympathy for the people affected. You live by the river and you have to expect to have issues with flood water when the floods come each year. Red Baron

12:17pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Red Baron says...

I have lived adjacent to Church Street for the last 43 years and the current floods are no greater than is normally expected at this time of year.

I have to ask and I am sure that other Kempsey Residents will ask the same, why the flood defences that were commissioned earlier this year, after great expense, have not worked as "advertised" this time.

Church Street always floods if the Brook known as the Rocky floods. I am still surprised that homes had to be evacuated and have nothing but sympathy for the people affected.

You live by the river and you have to expect to have issues with flood water when the floods come each year.
I have lived adjacent to Church Street for the last 43 years and the current floods are no greater than is normally expected at this time of year. I have to ask and I am sure that other Kempsey Residents will ask the same, why the flood defences that were commissioned earlier this year, after great expense, have not worked as "advertised" this time. Church Street always floods if the Brook known as the Rocky floods. I am still surprised that homes had to be evacuated and have nothing but sympathy for the people affected. You live by the river and you have to expect to have issues with flood water when the floods come each year. Red Baron

12:22pm Sun 25 Nov 12

uptonX says...

It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets.
It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets. uptonX

1:10pm Sun 25 Nov 12

saucerer says...

uptonX wrote:
It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets.
The EA is a direct government agency so they become directly accountable to the secretary of state for the department they report to. As for highways, it seems that are accountable to know one, not even councillors who I suspect have little influence and do not have the remit to discipline or sack staff.

However, highways staff are in reality directly accountable to the public they are suppose to be servants to, so in theory we should have the power to hold these people to account, with the ability to fire them if need be. Perhaps we should have a highways commissioner in the same vein as the new Police ones.

I don't think highways have a perverse plan. I reckon it is simply down to their sheer ineptitude which unfortunately means everyone else suffers and ends up picking up the pieces at their expense.

Remember, Worcestershire county council are holding so called 'Have your say' roadshows across the county so there's an opportunity for us all to confront council staff. I shall for one attempt to go to the one in Pershore this coming Friday.
[quote][p][bold]uptonX[/bold] wrote: It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets.[/p][/quote]The EA is a direct government agency so they become directly accountable to the secretary of state for the department they report to. As for highways, it seems that are accountable to know one, not even councillors who I suspect have little influence and do not have the remit to discipline or sack staff. However, highways staff are in reality directly accountable to the public they are suppose to be servants to, so in theory we should have the power to hold these people to account, with the ability to fire them if need be. Perhaps we should have a highways commissioner in the same vein as the new Police ones. I don't think highways have a perverse plan. I reckon it is simply down to their sheer ineptitude which unfortunately means everyone else suffers and ends up picking up the pieces at their expense. Remember, Worcestershire county council are holding so called 'Have your say' roadshows across the county so there's an opportunity for us all to confront council staff. I shall for one attempt to go to the one in Pershore this coming Friday. saucerer

4:48pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Maggie Would says...

saucerer wrote:
uptonX wrote:
It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets.
The EA is a direct government agency so they become directly accountable to the secretary of state for the department they report to. As for highways, it seems that are accountable to know one, not even councillors who I suspect have little influence and do not have the remit to discipline or sack staff.

However, highways staff are in reality directly accountable to the public they are suppose to be servants to, so in theory we should have the power to hold these people to account, with the ability to fire them if need be. Perhaps we should have a highways commissioner in the same vein as the new Police ones.

I don't think highways have a perverse plan. I reckon it is simply down to their sheer ineptitude which unfortunately means everyone else suffers and ends up picking up the pieces at their expense.

Remember, Worcestershire county council are holding so called 'Have your say' roadshows across the county so there's an opportunity for us all to confront council staff. I shall for one attempt to go to the one in Pershore this coming Friday.
If you can get there through the floods!
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uptonX[/bold] wrote: It's sad the EA and to a lesser extent Highways are never held accountable for their many mistakes. Upton has a normal winter flood at the moment that has barely reached the new defences but Hanley Road is shut with barriers across. If it's like last time the barriers will still be there long after the water has gone. Since the Upton "defences" were finished the Hanley road now floods more often due to the funnel effect. It really feels as if these organisations enjoy causing inconvenience and suffering, maybe it's some perverse plan to justify their funding budgets.[/p][/quote]The EA is a direct government agency so they become directly accountable to the secretary of state for the department they report to. As for highways, it seems that are accountable to know one, not even councillors who I suspect have little influence and do not have the remit to discipline or sack staff. However, highways staff are in reality directly accountable to the public they are suppose to be servants to, so in theory we should have the power to hold these people to account, with the ability to fire them if need be. Perhaps we should have a highways commissioner in the same vein as the new Police ones. I don't think highways have a perverse plan. I reckon it is simply down to their sheer ineptitude which unfortunately means everyone else suffers and ends up picking up the pieces at their expense. Remember, Worcestershire county council are holding so called 'Have your say' roadshows across the county so there's an opportunity for us all to confront council staff. I shall for one attempt to go to the one in Pershore this coming Friday.[/p][/quote]If you can get there through the floods! Maggie Would

6:25pm Sun 25 Nov 12

saucerer says...

The failure of Kempsey's flood defences was on BBC news this evening. The devastation caused by the failings of this £1.0+ scheme was clear to see, heads at the council and EA should roll.
The failure of Kempsey's flood defences was on BBC news this evening. The devastation caused by the failings of this £1.0+ scheme was clear to see, heads at the council and EA should roll. saucerer

10:03pm Sun 25 Nov 12

srbrook says...

The main reason for the flood was the delay in getting someone on site to manually re-start the pumps after they failed. The flood levels and pumps were remotely monitored by the EA but it took a couple of hours to get "a man on site" by which time it was too late. The EA needs to train up a couple of the many Electricians or Professional Engineers that live in the village to operate the pumps in an emergency.
The main reason for the flood was the delay in getting someone on site to manually re-start the pumps after they failed. The flood levels and pumps were remotely monitored by the EA but it took a couple of hours to get "a man on site" by which time it was too late. The EA needs to train up a couple of the many Electricians or Professional Engineers that live in the village to operate the pumps in an emergency. srbrook

10:29pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Lizzie R says...

saucerer wrote:
The failure of Kempsey's flood defences was on BBC news this evening. The devastation caused by the failings of this £1.0+ scheme was clear to see, heads at the council and EA should roll.
How was this the council's fault? The management of rivers is by the EA who also installed the flood defence, so what did the council fail on? Because it simply rained perhaps!
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: The failure of Kempsey's flood defences was on BBC news this evening. The devastation caused by the failings of this £1.0+ scheme was clear to see, heads at the council and EA should roll.[/p][/quote]How was this the council's fault? The management of rivers is by the EA who also installed the flood defence, so what did the council fail on? Because it simply rained perhaps! Lizzie R

10:37pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Ponerer says...

By all accounts the chap to fix the defences lived 50 miles away! Seriously? Why wasn't someone trained who lived close.........?
By all accounts the chap to fix the defences lived 50 miles away! Seriously? Why wasn't someone trained who lived close.........? Ponerer

10:38pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Ponerer says...

But thankfully they made it, thru terrible weather. Bit forward planning would have ment he didn't have to....... Grrrrrrrrr
But thankfully they made it, thru terrible weather. Bit forward planning would have ment he didn't have to....... Grrrrrrrrr Ponerer

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