Updated: South Essex escapes worst of floods...but more bad weather to come

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Southend seafront takes a battering. PIC BY ECHO READER TONY  JARVIS Southend seafront takes a battering. PIC BY ECHO READER TONY JARVIS

SOUTH Essex appears to have escaped the worst after a huge tidal surge battered the British  coast.

There was some minor flooding on Southend seafront near the Three Shells cafe and some beach huts in Thorpe Bay were hit by flooding.

The Environment Agency issued severe flood warnings for Rochford, Battlesbridge, Paglesham and Great Wakering late last night.

Alerts were also sent out to residents on Canvey warning them to prepare for flooding.

The island, which was one of the worst affected areas in the deadly 1953 floods, was left relatively dry thanks to its improved flood defences.

Pathways along Southend seafront were left flooded after gale force winds, large waves and low pressure combined to create a tidal surge, which weather experts predicted would be the worst of its kind in more than 60 years.

Water levels were originally expected to peak at 2am, but the surge came an hour earlier than expected.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Beach huts flooded at shoebury

The flood situation in Essex has now been downgraded from severe flood warning  to a flood warning.

There is still some risk to properties but the high tides have passed and whilst the full picture will not be known for some time, it appears that the county has fortunately not seen the same conditions as other parts of the country.

The Environment Agency will be out assessing the flood defences to determine if any remedial work needs to be carried out.

The majority of the people who were evacuated from their homes in North Essex have now left the rest centres.

The emergency services worked with local authorities, Essex County Council, Health Service, Environment Agency and the military to ensure that the residents in the local communities near to the coast and rivers were kept safe.

The situation in Essex, which has one of the longest coastline in the Country, changed quite rapidly during the night.  From an initial two main areas of severe flood warning, a further seven areas were added by midnight.

Ch Supt Simon Williams, Gold Commander said: “Contingency plans were implemented to protect the communities of Essex.  All emergency services and authorities have worked tirelessly through the night to minimise the threat to the lives of those in the county.  We are grateful for the additional support provided by military personnel from the Colchester Garrison and by mutual aid supplied by the Metropolitan Police."

For the latest check the Environment Agency website or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest flood outlook, and to sign up to receive free flood warnings.

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1:29am Thu 5 Dec 13

Cockle says...

Guess we'll find out who's right about the Shoebury Common sea wall sooner than we thought.....
Guess we'll find out who's right about the Shoebury Common sea wall sooner than we thought..... Cockle

7:43am Thu 5 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East.
One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East. Nowthatsworthknowing

8:12am Thu 5 Dec 13

returnoftheleftie says...

" However, it added flood defences built since then – including the Thames, Deptford and Hull Barriers – mean that many parts of the country are much better protected than in 1953. "

That said, I wouldn't want to be on canvey. Normal weekend then really!
" However, it added flood defences built since then – including the Thames, Deptford and Hull Barriers – mean that many parts of the country are much better protected than in 1953. " That said, I wouldn't want to be on canvey. Normal weekend then really! returnoftheleftie

8:34am Thu 5 Dec 13

j-w says...

Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'

We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year.
Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years?
[quote]Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'[/quote] We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year. Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years? j-w

9:29am Thu 5 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

j-w wrote:
Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'

We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year.
Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years?
Apart from every time it has rained a bit hard this year mean?

Man the lifeboats. All hands to the pump.....
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: [quote]Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'[/quote] We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year. Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years?[/p][/quote]Apart from every time it has rained a bit hard this year mean? Man the lifeboats. All hands to the pump..... Howard Cháse

10:23am Thu 5 Dec 13

j-w says...

We are talking about coastal flooding due to wind and high tides, not the rubbish drainage system.
We are talking about coastal flooding due to wind and high tides, not the rubbish drainage system. j-w

11:19am Thu 5 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

j-w wrote:
Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'
We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year. Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years?
errr, earlier this year when sarfend got a bit of a wash
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: [quote]Updated: Environment Agency warns of 'worst east coast tidal surge in 30 years'[/quote] We get this warnings every few years and I am sure we had severe warnings within the last year. Trying to remember how much flooding if any has happened in the last 30 years?[/p][/quote]errr, earlier this year when sarfend got a bit of a wash tomtheDJ

12:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DelA says...

Why would anyone move to a flood plain, good luck!!
Why would anyone move to a flood plain, good luck!! DelA

12:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Parsnip says...

The Thames barrier being closed means save London & flood south Essex even worse
The Thames barrier being closed means save London & flood south Essex even worse Parsnip

12:16pm Thu 5 Dec 13

ChockHead says...

Spare a thought for those poor soles who reside in Old Harwich and Bathside...I hope the sea wall and flood gates hold out on the Quay! :0O
Spare a thought for those poor soles who reside in Old Harwich and Bathside...I hope the sea wall and flood gates hold out on the Quay! :0O ChockHead

12:35pm Thu 5 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Will the resevoir in Rochford and the Roach brook overflow again and what have Rochford and Essex county council done to stop reflooding. Still not cleared up since August, my friend ha sstill not returned to her home since the August flood.
Will the resevoir in Rochford and the Roach brook overflow again and what have Rochford and Essex county council done to stop reflooding. Still not cleared up since August, my friend ha sstill not returned to her home since the August flood. CHRISTMAS CAROL

1:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Parsnip wrote:
The Thames barrier being closed means save London & flood south Essex even worse
Essex is the sacrificial lamb, as London needs protection, interesting to note that the spring tide will be 6 plus metres, with a surge of 2 metres, looks like Canvey is the safest place as the sea wall is 4m above the highest spring tides of 7 metres, Barling Magna is most at risk...
[quote][p][bold]Parsnip[/bold] wrote: The Thames barrier being closed means save London & flood south Essex even worse[/p][/quote]Essex is the sacrificial lamb, as London needs protection, interesting to note that the spring tide will be 6 plus metres, with a surge of 2 metres, looks like Canvey is the safest place as the sea wall is 4m above the highest spring tides of 7 metres, Barling Magna is most at risk... Nowthatsworthknowing

1:30pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Remember, those who live on hills
Couldn't give a Monkeys, 'bout tidal surge spills
Remember, those who live on hills Couldn't give a Monkeys, 'bout tidal surge spills Nowthatsworthknowing

1:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DelA says...

What a load of rubbish!!
What a load of rubbish!! DelA

2:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Jennieleigh1990 says...

ChockHead wrote:
Spare a thought for those poor soles who reside in Old Harwich and Bathside...I hope the sea wall and flood gates hold out on the Quay! :0O
So do I I live there mind you we haven't had a flood since 53 so we should be alright
[quote][p][bold]ChockHead[/bold] wrote: Spare a thought for those poor soles who reside in Old Harwich and Bathside...I hope the sea wall and flood gates hold out on the Quay! :0O[/p][/quote]So do I I live there mind you we haven't had a flood since 53 so we should be alright Jennieleigh1990

4:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

There is alot of difference between rain flooding and tidal surge. If the sea defences fail it gets a greater area than rain
There is alot of difference between rain flooding and tidal surge. If the sea defences fail it gets a greater area than rain Tich25

4:30pm Thu 5 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed,
see you next week when its all blown over.
Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed, see you next week when its all blown over. John Bull 40

4:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

bazza 1 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East.
If it was coming from the East we wouldn't have a tidal surge on it's way.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East.[/p][/quote]If it was coming from the East we wouldn't have a tidal surge on it's way. bazza 1

4:46pm Thu 5 Dec 13

purpleorange says...

6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!!
6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!! purpleorange

5:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

romantic says...

purpleorange wrote:
6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!!
I hope your car is now parked in one of those lovely car parks which are pretty much below river level. I have been on Hawkins Road before watching water flowing into one at a hell of a rate. Let's hope Wivenhoe does its job....
[quote][p][bold]purpleorange[/bold] wrote: 6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!![/p][/quote]I hope your car is now parked in one of those lovely car parks which are pretty much below river level. I have been on Hawkins Road before watching water flowing into one at a hell of a rate. Let's hope Wivenhoe does its job.... romantic

5:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

romantic says...

romantic wrote:
purpleorange wrote:
6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!!
I hope your car is now parked in one of those lovely car parks which are pretty much below river level. I have been on Hawkins Road before watching water flowing into one at a hell of a rate. Let's hope Wivenhoe does its job....
Not, I mean, not now!
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]purpleorange[/bold] wrote: 6 metres plus a 2 metre surge?.... oh dear... Wivenhoe flood barrier is only 8 metres high and I live on the hythe waterfront... Only saving grace is I am 6 floors up!! Not looking good!![/p][/quote]I hope your car is now parked in one of those lovely car parks which are pretty much below river level. I have been on Hawkins Road before watching water flowing into one at a hell of a rate. Let's hope Wivenhoe does its job....[/p][/quote]Not, I mean, not now! romantic

6:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mikkel1 says...

WHY has this been changed from predicted -6C as told on Tuesday night weather forecast?????????
WHY has this been changed from predicted -6C as told on Tuesday night weather forecast????????? Mikkel1

6:08pm Thu 5 Dec 13

whataday says...

Well pictures of Norfolk look bad already Sounds like we'll see what effect the Thames Barriers being closed has on Essex. Not looking forward to it
Hope everybody on Canvey don't suffer anything like 1953

Why are we getting so many more incidences of bad weather lately?
Well pictures of Norfolk look bad already Sounds like we'll see what effect the Thames Barriers being closed has on Essex. Not looking forward to it Hope everybody on Canvey don't suffer anything like 1953 Why are we getting so many more incidences of bad weather lately? whataday

6:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

My Britain says...

Strang weather we get now, but we all must help each other, when people are in need!
Strang weather we get now, but we all must help each other, when people are in need! My Britain

7:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i might try and wake up and check out the estuary around 2am, high tide is approx 2.10am.
i might try and wake up and check out the estuary around 2am, high tide is approx 2.10am. DogsMessInLeigh

7:23pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Danshrimp says...

whataday wrote:
Well pictures of Norfolk look bad already Sounds like we'll see what effect the Thames Barriers being closed has on Essex. Not looking forward to it
Hope everybody on Canvey don't suffer anything like 1953

Why are we getting so many more incidences of bad weather lately?
Climate change m'lord.
[quote][p][bold]whataday[/bold] wrote: Well pictures of Norfolk look bad already Sounds like we'll see what effect the Thames Barriers being closed has on Essex. Not looking forward to it Hope everybody on Canvey don't suffer anything like 1953 Why are we getting so many more incidences of bad weather lately?[/p][/quote]Climate change m'lord. Danshrimp

7:40pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Shrimper1 says...

I experienced the 1953 Canvey Flood @ age 6. My father nearly killed us both in his efforts to get us to higher land, as neither of us could swim. He went under, dropping me in the process, and if I had not caught hold of a floating fence panel, and he had held onto my pyjama top, he would never had lived until 98, and I would have been one of the many young casualties claimed by the flood. Ironically he left my mother, and my gran in the loft of our bungalow - and they were strong swimmers!
After this life or death moment, it was no surprise that I learned to swim at an early age, and ended up qualifying as a RLSS Instructor in my teens. I also ensured that all my children learned to swim at an early age, and I now live at one of Rayleigh's highest points.
I experienced the 1953 Canvey Flood @ age 6. My father nearly killed us both in his efforts to get us to higher land, as neither of us could swim. He went under, dropping me in the process, and if I had not caught hold of a floating fence panel, and he had held onto my pyjama top, he would never had lived until 98, and I would have been one of the many young casualties claimed by the flood. Ironically he left my mother, and my gran in the loft of our bungalow - and they were strong swimmers! After this life or death moment, it was no surprise that I learned to swim at an early age, and ended up qualifying as a RLSS Instructor in my teens. I also ensured that all my children learned to swim at an early age, and I now live at one of Rayleigh's highest points. Shrimper1

7:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

seikothrill says...

Is Roots Hall near the seaside.............
well I can wish?
Is Roots Hall near the seaside............. well I can wish? seikothrill

8:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Joe Clark says...

Looking at this there is a low risk of flooding in Southend.

Flood status last changed: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:41:00 UTC
Essex Coast from Shoeburyness to Southend Sea Front including Southchurch Park

The forecast high water is due at 2:00am on Friday 6 December 2013. The predicted astronomical tide level is 3.03 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.1 m. The forecast tide level is 4.13 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 6


Flood status last changed: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:48:00 UTC
Essex Coast from Leigh-on-Sea to Purfleet including Canvey Island, Tilbury and Dartford

The forecast high water is due at 2:00am on Friday 6 December 2013. The predicted astronomical tide level is 3.03 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.1 m. The forecast tide level is 4.13 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 6.


http://www.environme
nt-agency.gov.uk/hom
eandleisure/floods/1
42151.aspx
Looking at this there is a low risk of flooding in Southend. Flood status last changed: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:41:00 UTC Essex Coast from Shoeburyness to Southend Sea Front including Southchurch Park The forecast high water is due at 2:00am on Friday 6 December 2013. The predicted astronomical tide level is 3.03 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.1 m. The forecast tide level is 4.13 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 6 Flood status last changed: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:48:00 UTC Essex Coast from Leigh-on-Sea to Purfleet including Canvey Island, Tilbury and Dartford The forecast high water is due at 2:00am on Friday 6 December 2013. The predicted astronomical tide level is 3.03 m AODN. The forecast surge height is 1.1 m. The forecast tide level is 4.13 m AODN. The forecast wind direction is West North West. The forecast wind strength is force 6. http://www.environme nt-agency.gov.uk/hom eandleisure/floods/1 42151.aspx Joe Clark

1:01am Fri 6 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East.
Doesn't make a lot of difference, it's the air pressure that really does the damage. Wind only makes inches of difference, maybe a foot at most in the most severe weather but pressure makes meters of difference. In 1953 the major culprit was an area of low pressure that swept all the way down the North Sea bringing a low dome of water with it which rose as it was forced into the funnel shaped southern North Sea where it coincided with a particularly high high tide. There is a low pressure wave coming our way now but as far as I can see it doesn't look as bad as 1953 but we shall see.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: One saving grace is the fact the wind isn't coming from the East.[/p][/quote]Doesn't make a lot of difference, it's the air pressure that really does the damage. Wind only makes inches of difference, maybe a foot at most in the most severe weather but pressure makes meters of difference. In 1953 the major culprit was an area of low pressure that swept all the way down the North Sea bringing a low dome of water with it which rose as it was forced into the funnel shaped southern North Sea where it coincided with a particularly high high tide. There is a low pressure wave coming our way now but as far as I can see it doesn't look as bad as 1953 but we shall see. Fred the Phoenix

2:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Two tree island carpark flooded.

Along the seafront water just lapping over, near the casino and adventure island.

and old leigh has minor flooding mostly at the turn around point where the toilets are, lots of people around too.

time for bed now.
Two tree island carpark flooded. Along the seafront water just lapping over, near the casino and adventure island. and old leigh has minor flooding mostly at the turn around point where the toilets are, lots of people around too. time for bed now. DogsMessInLeigh

7:12am Fri 6 Dec 13

BinDipper says...

Did Shoebury Common get inundated?
Did Shoebury Common get inundated? BinDipper

8:32am Fri 6 Dec 13

Rochford Rob says...

I found the door mat by the garage.

Was that it??
I found the door mat by the garage. Was that it?? Rochford Rob

8:55am Fri 6 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

Honestly what a fuss, god help us when a real disaster happens
Honestly what a fuss, god help us when a real disaster happens All_talk_no_action

9:27am Fri 6 Dec 13

luvinlife says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Remember, those who live on hills
Couldn't give a Monkeys, 'bout tidal surge spills
Compassion, sympathy, empathy, no????
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Remember, those who live on hills Couldn't give a Monkeys, 'bout tidal surge spills[/p][/quote]Compassion, sympathy, empathy, no???? luvinlife

10:16am Fri 6 Dec 13

onorris24 says...

well i live in leigh at the top of the cliffs so lucky me :P
well i live in leigh at the top of the cliffs so lucky me :P onorris24

10:57am Fri 6 Dec 13

Jb66 says...

John Bull 40 wrote:
Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed,
see you next week when its all blown over.
you forgot to mention the immigrants.
[quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed, see you next week when its all blown over.[/p][/quote]you forgot to mention the immigrants. Jb66

11:01am Fri 6 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fill up yer sandbags the water's rising fast,
Grab your belongings - how long will it last,
Seek refuge from flat lands, away from the coast,
or climb to a hill up to a higher post.

Global warming is showing her hand
at all four corners of this wonderful land
We've burnt and used it without care worry
Off to the hills you'll see people scurry.
Fill up yer sandbags the water's rising fast, Grab your belongings - how long will it last, Seek refuge from flat lands, away from the coast, or climb to a hill up to a higher post. Global warming is showing her hand at all four corners of this wonderful land We've burnt and used it without care worry Off to the hills you'll see people scurry. Nowthatsworthknowing

11:08am Fri 6 Dec 13

planetdreamerdt says...

you should come to Bali in the wet season.....they have to put up with this stuff every year! (and not only Bali island of course).....what a fuss over nothing.
you should come to Bali in the wet season.....they have to put up with this stuff every year! (and not only Bali island of course).....what a fuss over nothing. planetdreamerdt

11:35am Fri 6 Dec 13

bloke down the pub says...

Where were the TV compans ? A possable disarster and there no where to be seen. Thanks SKY, Thanks ITV, Thanks BBC.
Where were the TV compans ? A possable disarster and there no where to be seen. Thanks SKY, Thanks ITV, Thanks BBC. bloke down the pub

12:44pm Fri 6 Dec 13

woolstone says...

Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.
Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand. woolstone

12:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

woolstone wrote:
Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.
Doh, this is weather, not climate.
[quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.[/p][/quote]Doh, this is weather, not climate. Fred the Phoenix

12:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fred the Phoenix wrote:
woolstone wrote:
Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.
Doh, this is weather, not climate.
WEATHER IS DICTATED BY CLIMATE...DoH
[quote][p][bold]Fred the Phoenix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.[/p][/quote]Doh, this is weather, not climate.[/p][/quote]WEATHER IS DICTATED BY CLIMATE...DoH Nowthatsworthknowing

12:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Jb66 wrote:
John Bull 40 wrote:
Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed,
see you next week when its all blown over.
you forgot to mention the immigrants.
And the cyclists....
[quote][p][bold]Jb66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Bull 40[/bold] wrote: Bird flu, aids, global warming, floods and destruction, we are all doomed, see you next week when its all blown over.[/p][/quote]you forgot to mention the immigrants.[/p][/quote]And the cyclists.... Howard Cháse

1:05pm Fri 6 Dec 13

CO6 resident says...

It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary.

If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.
It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary. If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis. CO6 resident

1:17pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I can see that sea defence wall getting longer, and higher, as these surges look to being a regular event...
I can see that sea defence wall getting longer, and higher, as these surges look to being a regular event... Nowthatsworthknowing

1:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Fred the Phoenix wrote:
woolstone wrote:
Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.
Doh, this is weather, not climate.
WEATHER IS DICTATED BY CLIMATE...DoH
Not that simple, if it was there wouldn't be so many people in denial about climate change. And why should these surges get any more frequent? They only happen when we have a low pressure system moving down the North Sea which is a rare event as they usually go straight ACROSS it. To cause us problems they also have to coincide with the local high tide which last happened 60 years ago so I ask you again why should these surges become more frequent? You sir are a classic example of a little bit of knowledge being a dangerous thing.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fred the Phoenix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Global warning is showing her hand, no I think its Mother nature showing her hand.[/p][/quote]Doh, this is weather, not climate.[/p][/quote]WEATHER IS DICTATED BY CLIMATE...DoH[/p][/quote]Not that simple, if it was there wouldn't be so many people in denial about climate change. And why should these surges get any more frequent? They only happen when we have a low pressure system moving down the North Sea which is a rare event as they usually go straight ACROSS it. To cause us problems they also have to coincide with the local high tide which last happened 60 years ago so I ask you again why should these surges become more frequent? You sir are a classic example of a little bit of knowledge being a dangerous thing. Fred the Phoenix

2:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

CO6 resident wrote:
It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary.

If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.
Ha ha, what a load of old codswallop. People have been looking for god for at least 4 thousand years, if the idea had any merit whatsoever we would have found at least a tiny spark of evidence for it so please do tell me, where is your evidence??? And as for your idea that god keeps you safe, did he stop the Indian Ocean tsunami or the holocaust or the children dying of bone cancer or suffering at the hands of paedophiles. Where is your mythical god now?!!!
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary. If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.[/p][/quote]Ha ha, what a load of old codswallop. People have been looking for god for at least 4 thousand years, if the idea had any merit whatsoever we would have found at least a tiny spark of evidence for it so please do tell me, where is your evidence??? And as for your idea that god keeps you safe, did he stop the Indian Ocean tsunami or the holocaust or the children dying of bone cancer or suffering at the hands of paedophiles. Where is your mythical god now?!!! Fred the Phoenix

4:16pm Fri 6 Dec 13

april1971 says...

Anyone know if Jaywick and Mersea island got flooded...please and many thanks x
Anyone know if Jaywick and Mersea island got flooded...please and many thanks x april1971

4:47pm Fri 6 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

CO6 resident wrote:
It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary.

If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.
Why do they fit lightening conductors to churches then?
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary. If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.[/p][/quote]Why do they fit lightening conductors to churches then? John Bull 40

5:13pm Fri 6 Dec 13

JoeBlogs2 says...

seikothrill wrote:
Is Roots Hall near the seaside............. well I can wish?
very funny hahaha

ONE TEAM IN ESSEX !!
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Is Roots Hall near the seaside............. well I can wish?[/p][/quote]very funny hahaha ONE TEAM IN ESSEX !! JoeBlogs2

7:15pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

april1971 wrote:
Anyone know if Jaywick and Mersea island got flooded...please and many thanks x
The way I have heard it, yes, bits of both but unconfirmed.
[quote][p][bold]april1971[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if Jaywick and Mersea island got flooded...please and many thanks x[/p][/quote]The way I have heard it, yes, bits of both but unconfirmed. Fred the Phoenix

8:40pm Fri 6 Dec 13

robb789 says...

CO6 resident wrote:
It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary.

If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.
Great news I will bear that in mind if Joey Essex gets voted off "I'm a celeb" Didn't know how i would cope until this post.
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary. If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.[/p][/quote]Great news I will bear that in mind if Joey Essex gets voted off "I'm a celeb" Didn't know how i would cope until this post. robb789

4:25pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Fred the Phoenix says...

CO6 resident wrote:
It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary.

If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.
Err, I think all the £millions that the Environment Agency spent on shoring up our sea defences had rather more to do with it, they reckon that if they hadn't done that another 800,000 people would have suffered the other night. Don't suppose you have the tiniest bit of evidence that your god is real do you? Thought not. Believing something despite all the evidence is the definition of insanity.
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: It is quite clear that as society becomes more Godless, so the authorities and most people panic at the slightest whiff of something out of the ordinary. If God is your strength you'll know you are safe, whatever the crisis.[/p][/quote]Err, I think all the £millions that the Environment Agency spent on shoring up our sea defences had rather more to do with it, they reckon that if they hadn't done that another 800,000 people would have suffered the other night. Don't suppose you have the tiniest bit of evidence that your god is real do you? Thought not. Believing something despite all the evidence is the definition of insanity. Fred the Phoenix

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