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oh my efffffing god............I think my house is about to float away............

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psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:09:57

the rain is heavy and hard, and the road now looks like a river, but the worst is that DH just shouted to me to come look out the back door........the rain is lapping the bottom of the doorshockshock

and there is a leak in the kitchen......


DisasterArea Fri 05-Sep-08 18:17:29

shock sad
have you any sandbags? think the fire service can get you some. also move upstairs everything movable.

MaureenMLove Fri 05-Sep-08 18:19:03

Oh no! I hope you're OK?

Flamesparrow Fri 05-Sep-08 18:19:46

Same here!

MaureenMLove Fri 05-Sep-08 18:27:31

Where are to both? It rained quite a bit for a couple of hours in SE London today, but nothing since about 3'ish.

Flamesparrow Fri 05-Sep-08 18:28:05


You should have seen the downpour as I left Romsey today shock

FAQ Fri 05-Sep-08 18:28:25

hopefully they're both busy getting anything moveable upstairs as we speak

<<<<<<<<<hopes their computers are upstairs>>>>

cargirl Fri 05-Sep-08 18:28:31

Flame - I have emailed you back, have you read it yet?

FAQ Fri 05-Sep-08 18:29:54

oooo - has it been really bad down there?

My SIL and her family are down that way too hmm (well Brangsore)

Flamesparrow Fri 05-Sep-08 18:29:57

It seems to have slowed to a dripping now.

Cargirl - yes, just read it now we are discussing tactics wink

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:33:20

slowed down.

the back door is still deep (well, the water is), but not getting deeper.......we have no drainage there tho so not sure on what we will do if it starts heavy again.......

I have just got the batteried toys in from the conservatory.....longe looks like a bomb site!

and the kitchen has many pans catching the water. it is coming in thro the vent from the boiler..........worrying tho that the pilot light will go out and leave us without heating (well, not cold and needing heating yet, but it still does the water)

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:34:25

oooh.....will go rescue laptops. mine is upstairs, DD1;s is not.

be back with updates.....

MaureenMLove Fri 05-Sep-08 18:36:26

Would it be worth getting some sandbags in, from the fire brigadge, like DisasterArea says?

WHAT am I saying! Of course its worth getting the firemen in!!! grin

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Sep-08 18:38:16

Pyschomum - theres potentially a fair bit more of heavy rain to come. Can you make sand bags - sandpit sand and carrier bags work pretty wellput a sheet of plastic down first - then load the bags against it two deep. If it looks really really urgent garden soil will do trick.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Sep-08 18:40:19

If pilot light does go out is it sensible to turn off gas - I dunno. Consider turning electrics off if theres a risk of it getting into boiler (don't know how boilers work!)

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:42:00

ah, but I cannot drool over them with DH here tho can I....

or can Ihmm


ok, rains is less hard, the pouring has slowed to dripping (the pouring thro in the kitchen that is).

worrying about all the toys still in the conservatory........and hoping like hell the planning comes soon for the extension now and clearly nothing is actually safe out there any more!

flame, boxes will be needed super quick now me thinks, so as to start perserving all I can......

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:44:10

oooh....should I ring gas company to ask advice on boiler now do you reckon. if harder rain is on its way, I am not sure it will cope.

DH is off to his mates now, while the rain is a little slower, for something to protect the back door. thankgoodness they both builders.....

lizziemun Fri 05-Sep-08 18:44:52

Don't forget to move any photo albans upstairs just in case.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Sep-08 18:45:25

Good idea to ring them - hope you can talk to a real person - sensible lady you are

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 05-Sep-08 18:47:06

Met office have a warning out in your area for up 15- 25mm rain in 3 hours. expires midnight.

Chocolateteapot Fri 05-Sep-08 18:47:21

Psycho, we are about 7 miles inland from you. If it helps at all, the deluge we have just has has now stopped, hopefully it will ease up by you very soon.

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:47:27

oooh, yes, photos.

will go do, and then find number to ring

psychomum5 Fri 05-Sep-08 18:48:50

oooh, has it chocTpot. fingers crossed then.....

will go sort protecting stuff, and then hope then

SaintGeorge Fri 05-Sep-08 18:51:00

Hope it stops soon but, just in case -

Get an emergency box together NOW. Off the top of my head:

Torch, any important medicines, insurance documents, fully charge mobile phone, bottled water.

Get everything small that is at floor level moved asap. Unplug electrical items (assuming sockets are at skirting level) and make sure wires are not trailing.

Start stacking furniture that could be damaged by water.

If water does start coming in (and watch out for it coming up through carpets - under the house fills up and then it suddenly breaches the floorboards), turn off the electricity at the mains.
Sorry to sound gloomy but after last year and what I went through...

Chocolateteapot Fri 05-Sep-08 18:51:35

Good plan. The sky is much brighter now than it was. We drove back from swimming in it, the drains have given up and the roads were flooding up here. I haven't seen so much come down in such a short time before.

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