Britain sends military to help flooded region

Britain flooding

 Firefighters  attempt to move a pump on a flooded road near the village of Long Load in  Somerset, southwest England.   (Carl Court / AFP/Getty  Images / January 30, 2014)

By Henry ChuJanuary 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m.

LONDON — Amid rising anger from local residents and forecasts of more rain,  the British government sent military officials to southwest England on Thursday  to help deal with floodwaters that have turned whole villages into islands and  drowned parts of the country’s storybook countryside.

Some rural communities in the county of Somerset have been cut off for weeks  by the flooding, the result of storms that have lashed Britain almost nonstop  since Christmas. The freak weather is linked to the harsh snowstorms in the  United States, where cold fronts have collided with warm fronts in the South and  strengthened the jet stream across the Atlantic, stirring a cauldron of  precipitation.

Parts of southern England have suffered their wettest January since records  started being kept a century ago. More storms are predicted for this weekend and  into early February, and flood warnings have been issued for more than two dozen  areas.

Up to 45 square miles of the Somerset Levels, a flat expanse near the city of  Bristol, lie swamped beneath a plain of muddy brown water. British media have  broadcast aerial footage of car roofs and hedges barely visible above the  water’s surface.

The government on Thursday dispatched military engineers to Somerset to see  how the army might help alleviate the misery of villages such as Muchelney,  which has been submerged for a month. Angry residents heckled Environment  Secretary Owen Paterson during his visit to the area a few days ago, asking why  so little had been done.

Many blame the lack of action on the fact that Somerset, with a population of  about 550,000, lies more than 100 miles west of London, making the floods seem  literally like a distant problem to lawmakers going about their daily business  in the capital.

They also criticize the government for dragging its feet in responding to  their request that local waterways be cleared of the silt that has built up over  years. That would cost about $6.6 million.

“We’re quite a long way from London. We’re a little bit rural out here,” David Hall, the deputy leader of the Somerset County Council, said in a  telephone interview. “We now have a firm commitment from the government to solve  the big issue once this particular situation is resolved: to get the rivers  dredged. That’s what we’ve been pressing for so long.”

Paterson has also suggested that the army could send in amphibious vehicles  to assist residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.,0,3305590.story#ixzz2rxmk4Nux

One needs to remember that the IPCC climate models are based on wildly wrong physics, in short massive scientific fraud. There has been some AGW but it wasn’t from CO2, in which the effect is near zero as the atmosphere of our water planet self-controls. We’re entering a new solar-drive Little Ice Age and should be preparing for more severe winters rather than feeding the robber barons with more money.

Rather wasting money trying to prevent climate change one could just accept that weather changes. One could then take the money saved from renewable energy subsidies and drastically upgrade our drainage infrastructure and flood defences. This, of course, will never happen because there are too many industrial corporations, and lobby groups bribing politicians to support renewables – not many doing the same for drainage.

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