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British Pathe – Floods Of The Past

December 28, 2015

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public 




Joe sends me this fascinating series of British Pathe films about flooding, between 1910 and 1969. There are far, far too many to show them all, but I have selected a few below. It is well worth a browse though.









(This one is about the East Molesey floods. There is a fascinating comment at the end:

“Well, maybe we’ve learned some lessons not to be taken by surprise the next time – or have we?”)






(If you don’t watch any other, make sure to watch this one. The floods badly affected large parts of the country from Scotland down to the West Country. In the Lake District, for the first time in memory, Lakes Bassenthwaite and Derwent joined together, so great was the rainfall – something I am not aware of happening this year).








To pretend that bad floods are something new is fraudulently dishonest.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    December 28, 2015 1:33 pm

    A report in:

    “Medieval York: 600-1540″ by D. M. Palliser
    …… indicates that “(The flood) of 1625 reached some 35 feet (11m) O.D.

    Compare & contrast the report in today’s local paper

    ‘THE River Ouse reached near-record levels today as York continued to face “unprecedented” flooding.

    Having reached 5.1m above normal summer levels last night, the Ouse peaked at around 5.2m this morning.”

  2. December 28, 2015 1:44 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Presumably David Cameron would blame these on climate change?

  3. December 28, 2015 2:34 pm

    Could we say, “weather happens?”

  4. Peter R Blower permalink
    December 28, 2015 2:34 pm

    How to ensure Flood Prevention – it’s a weather-thing not a climate-thing, so depoliticise it!
    1. Repeal the EU Water Framework Directive (2000) and all subsequent EU Water and Flood Management Directives, if necessary by leaving the EU.
    2. Reinstate U.K. Local Authority / Rivers Authority responsibility for river/stream/waterway management and maintenance with a prime objective of flood prevention and only a secondary objective of environmental protection (People and Homes FIRST).
    3. Reintroduce river dredging and allow the dredged material to be spread on the riverside, so as to utilise the material for embankment purposes (as practised from time immemorial until 1997 ; banned by Environment Agency in preparation for EU Directive).
    4. Dismantle and remove all houses, domestic property, offices, shops, factories, industrial property and possibly roads built on floodplain areas after 1965. Ban floodplain building.
    5. Plant trees etc. on floodplains and upland watershed areas so as to stabilise soil and holdback water.
    6. Complete the entire separation of surface water and foul water drainage and make it a Health and Safety offense for surface water to be allowed to enter a foul water system in times of extreme rainfall and surface flooding (same penalties as those for allowing petroleum products to enter a water-course with 10 fold increase in penalties for each subsequent conviction ; no Crown Immunity). [Will require provision of drain-away pits near older properties that currently mix surface and foul water drainage].
    7. Make the Local Planning Authorities and Builders of all new roads, houses and business premises responsible for upgrading existing foul water drainage from the build-point to the appropriate sewage works, to ensure that adequate spare capacity is maintained and upgrade sewage works accordingly. Also builders/Local Authorities will need to upgrade existing surface water drainage ensuring that drain-away pits have an extremely large surplus storage capacity (e.g. pits overflowing into temporary surface drainage ponds) or else that new drainage to the sea is provided. Volume calculations MUST include both building drainage and surface water runoff from concrete/tarmac roads, paths etc.

    • NeilC permalink
      December 28, 2015 5:40 pm

      Far too logical for MSM or politicians to comprehend.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      December 29, 2015 2:38 am

      “4. Dismantle and remove all houses, domestic property, offices, shops, factories, industrial property and possibly roads built on floodplain areas after 1965. Ban floodplain building.”

      A policeman friend of mine was involved in the flood relief effort in North East England about ten years ago.

      He remarked that all buildings more than a century or so old were clear of the flood.

      Everything built since wasn’t.

  5. December 28, 2015 2:39 pm

    When there is as much as 4″ of rain in a 24-hour period, it does not matter how forested or grassed, etc. a slope is, the water just goes, taking a lot with it. Now,, when we have these episodes in WV, it is often the case where torrential downpours deposit that amount of water in far less than 24 hours. The result if the type of flash floods which deposit the boulders I mentioned above.

    • December 28, 2015 2:41 pm

      Sorry, that was posted on the “Building on Flood Plains” piece, and not the “above.”

  6. Peter R Blower permalink
    December 28, 2015 3:32 pm

    Whilst on the topic of how much rain in what time-period we should continue to push for :

    Ensure that Environment Agency [EA] weather monitoring equipment expresses all data (rainfall, temperatures, wind-speed, pressure) in terms of the Meteorological Office [MO] equipment equivalent when non-MO equipment is used. All EA equipment, if non-MO in specification, must be regularly calibrated against MO specified equipment to ensure the accuracy of the conversion algorithm.
    Always provide the duration of the continuous data record for any site-specific data (e.g. Honister Pass EA rain gauge installed in 1970 but complete data from this site only available from c.1992 – so data duration = c.23 years). Provide context of data recording site i.e. Honister Pass is >700ft higher, therefore likely wetter, than the MO site at Seathwaite, for which data goes back >100 years.
    Cite English temperature “records” against the CET database. Exclude all future temperature data from equipment in urban heat sink areas etc. (including airports). Remove all monitoring equipment from such sites and relocate to appropriate rural sites.

  7. CheshireRed permalink
    December 29, 2015 12:07 pm

    It was said many times before because we all knew climate hysterics would eventually apportion every extreme or unusual weather event to ‘climate change’. And lo! – here we are in the grip of an epidemic of lunacy, hysteria and outright falsehoods that would shame medieval witch-hunters.

  8. john F A McEntee permalink
    December 29, 2015 2:10 pm

    Your comment under the Pathe still for 1954 says you are not aware that Lake Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater joined during this months (Dec 2015) recent floods. I can assure you, as a resident on the banks of the River Greta and having experienced 6 floods in 40 years, the 2 lakes did join up and the local newspaper has photographic evidence of this occurence. All of which renders the word “unprecedented” null and void when used in connection with these recent events.
    The Greta overwhelmed the flood defences primarily because County Council will not modify the Greta bridge which acts as a dam by trapping tree trunks, dead sheep and other flotsam under the arches.
    It is a situation brought about by various European dictats.

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