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FLOODS - are you affected?

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EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:16:56

OK, so if the water was coming in you wouldn't be on MN...

Just had a call from my mum as water is coming in through the house - there is severe flooding in Lincolnshire. Thought I'd post in case anyone else had family in the area:

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:18:06

I have an inch in my garage. House so far unaffected.

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:19:09

Whereabouts are you Slubber? They have sandbags and everything.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:21:36

Near Chester. The bloody rain hasn't let up since about 9pm last night. The water in my garage is due to utterly shite foundations, not a river bursting it's banks. Although we do live really near the canals flood?

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:26:24

well theirs has but they live above it (on the bridge)

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:26:32

canal that is

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:29:28

Oh dear. I've never heard of the canal flooding here..I just assumed they opened the gates and let a bit out. But that just means that someone else lower down would get it all.

hmm, will ask neighbours re canal flooding.

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:32:11

Think it's different in Lincolnshire as most of it should be under water anyway. Nowhere for the water to go!

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:33:23

Must re-read the Nine Tailors to check on flood gates. Seem to remember they are a Bad Thing (for some people).

If in doubt, head for the church. Mum has already booked a place in the manse. Unfortunately there may not be room for Dad's record collection.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:34:32

. Where we used to live in North Yorks the town was very prone to flooding. It was very bizarre as now and again the hospital where I worked would go down to skeleton staff as everyone left to go and move all their furniture upstairs and put out their sandbags.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:35:33

Oh do churches not flood?

<awaits interesting historical fact to use at dinner parties>

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:37:08

Strange thing is that they have NEVER had flood problems, despite living over a river. Sandbags not helping as water coming through scullery floor

Can see Mum at the manse and Dad on the roof with his boxes of LPs...

yorkshirepudding Mon 25-Jun-07 13:38:17

Message withdrawn

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:38:23

churches often on higher ground. Acc to DL Sayers, you can fit several villages and their livestock into a good sized church.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:41:34

Interesting. Will eye up church's position when I'm round there again.

Shall I tell you another interesting fact about Churches?

(it is very wet you know...'tis the right sort of weather for sitting about and talking church facts)

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:43:58

oh go on then

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:45:43


have you ever noticed the number of Yew trees growing in Church Grounds?

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:46:20


EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:48:01

am waiting for fsacinating yew tree facts here

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:50:32

Well, yew trees are very poisinous to livestock. Like instant sudden death poisinous if they eat just a weeny bit.


Yew trees make the best wood for Bows (super strong but a bit bendy).

AND in ye olden times Church grounds used to be pretty much the only place with walls/fences (being holy ground etc).

So they planted Yew trees around Churches as they needed the wood for bows, but to keep the trees away from the livestock.

Interesting eh?

My Dad told me that.

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:50:52

sorry, i'm a slow typer.

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 25-Jun-07 13:53:12

Re churches not flooding - has anyone read 'Moonfleet' - there is a fantastic scene where the church crypt floods (they are by the sea so may not disprove Effie's point) and they are sitting in the service and can hear all the coffins bumping into each other as they float around underneath them.

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:55:08


I will now be a whizz at dinner parties

<stores away with interesting facts about lightbulbs>

Slubberdegullion Mon 25-Jun-07 13:55:26

oooh spooky Kathy. Haven't read that book for aeons and aeons. Will have to brain book mark it for when the dd's are bigger.

EffiePerine Mon 25-Jun-07 13:55:59

ah I was basing my theory on the Nine Tailors, set in the Fens. Church on a hill, so whole village evacuated there (along with belongings and animals)

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