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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 157 - Wednesday, 25th July 2007
weekend here at 'Wyenot News' has been somewhat different
from the usual summer, 'photograph a fete here, then rush
off to a festival there' type of affair. I watched the river
flow from several locations, virtually non-stop for 72 hours,
taking time out just once, to photograph a male stripper
at a 21st birthday party (not my scene at all but I guess
the young lady concerned enjoyed her evening).
was on a Tuesday this year. I remember it well because I
climbed May Hill early in the morning with Matt, to watch
the sunrise. That day, 1st May started out cold but became
beautifully hot and sunny. Since a little after then however
we have alternated between February with flowers and November
River Wye flooding at Ross in July has not been recorded
in living memory. Although I have seen the river higher
than this on occasions, flood levels on the river were higher
than those at any time last winter - by a long way.
are just a few photos below of how and when the river rose,
and how my own weekend progressed below but there are better
pictures and a film in two parts of the flood on the following
pages. Enjoy - especially if you are female and into kinky
firemen who strip to down to just their boots in the pub.
. . .
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Press 1:00 pm on Wednesday 25th July
Appeal to motorists to keep out of Hampton Bishop
Council has reinforced the message that the road into Hampton
Bishop is still closed while the Environment Agency and
the Fire Service continues to pump floodwater out of the
drivers have been swerving around road closed signs and
barriers on the Hereford road into the village, causing
disruption to the workmen and their equipment as they pump
the water into the River Wye.
Council's Area Manger for Highways & Transportation, Clive
Hall appealed to motorists to take notice of the signs.
"If it says 'road closed,' it means road closed," said Clive.
"These signs have been put up for a reason, and whilst we
have to maintain access to the homes beyond our closure,
our work is being hampered by motorists ignoring the signs
and having to slam on their brakes as they drive past the
closure signs and are confronted by flooding, workmen and
is anticipated that the pumping works, which commenced on
Tuesday, will have to continue for at least a further 24hours
(until the afternoon of Thursday 26th July), before residents
will be able to return safely to their homes. We stress
that this is the earliest that we anticipate being able
to open the road and it could realistically take 24-48 hours,
all depending on what the weather brings throughout today
services, health organisations and the local authority are
continuing to respond to the flooding situation across Herefordshire
today. The strategic co-ordinating group for the county
met at 10am (Monday 23rd July) at Herefordshire Council's
Brockington headquarters to discuss the on-going difficulties
being experienced across the county.
evening an evacuation was carried out by the fire service
with the assistance of two military vehicles in Hampton
Bishop. The village had become flooded when water from the
River Lugg breached an earth bank, flowed into fields and
then onto the road. A total of 41 residents and staff were
evacuated from the Hampton House Residential Home as a precautionary
measure. They have been relocated to community hospitals
and other residential care facilities around the county.
further 72 residents were taken out of the village by fire
service boats for onward travel to rest centres or alternative
accommodation. A further 10 people were removed from the
village by the fire service this morning. All are safe and
Weather forecasts suggest an improving picture for the coming
days and the River Wye water level is falling. The River
Lugg is remaining steady but is not likely to fall significantly
for several days. It is likely therefore that floodwaters
will continue to remain at Hampton Bishop until the Lugg's
of the emergency services are continuing to work together
to ensure public safety and to return the areas affected
by the floodwaters can return to normality as quickly as
possible," said a spokesman for the co-ordinating group.
"Rest centres have been provided throughout the weekend
for those displaced by the floodwaters in Herefordshire.
The majority of people using these centres have now been
able to make alternative arrangements for themselves or
continue on with their journeys once roads reopened but
facilities will continue to be available for those who need
across the county, floodwaters are now beginning to recede
and many roads closed during the flooding have now been
able to reopen or are passable with care. A full update
on the current roads situation is being made available from
the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov
while the Herefordshire Emergency Information Line is still
in operation on 01432 260260 for those wanting further details.
are still urged not to travel into areas with floodwater
and to continue to listen to local radio for the latest
flooding information. It is still advisable only to make
journeys if absolutely necessary and drivers should be aware
that there may be abandoned cars at the roadside and take
extra care. Pedestrians should also not enter floodwater,
as there can be many hidden dangers such as missing manhole
covers that could prove fatal, as well as associated health
risks from stagnant and sewage infected water.
addition, anyone concerned about river-based flooding can
contact the Environment Agency's Floodline on 0845 988 1188
for up-to-date information and advice.
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