Friday, 26 February 2010

River Roding Flood Alert

According to the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian the Environment Agency has put the River Roding on Flood Alert for the whole of this coming weekend - 27/28 February 2010.

Here is the "Redbridge Council Emergency Updates" blog set up to provide "Information on service disruptions in the London Borough of Redbridge. If we are unable to update www.redbridge.gov.uk then information will appear on this blog." As you can see it was used this time last year for this very reason. But there is nothing there, and as far as I can see there is nothing on the Redbridge-i site either. There is flood advice but you have to search for it.

You'd think they would have a link on the front page at these times - wouldn't you?

9 comments:

  1. Pathetic. Just the sort of information that could be usefully displayed on Redbridge-i. But since they brought in the new all-singing, all-dancing (switched off for several hours each week) version the public doesn't bother with it anyway. Why are they wasting our cash on their crappy useless website?

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  2. Whoeover is in charge of the updates must be either sick or on holiday and whoever should organise cover is also sick or on holiday.
    Where does this ladder of responsibility end?
    annesevant

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  3. Anne - at the desk of the Chief Executive.

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  4. I did a pale imitation of a 'weggis' search on the rediwebsite, inputting 'flood warning'.
    Well, there is very clear information that it is up to the residents to register their interest to the Environment Agencies if they want to be kept informed.
    Nothing to do with our caring Council, so comments made were mean.
    annesevant

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  5. Sorry, Anne, on this occasion I must disagree. The council puts all sorts of crap on that website, but cannot be bothered to publish a piece of useful and (to the potential victims) vital information. Are they in fact accepting that they have neutered Redbridge-i to such an extent that few people now bother with it (apart from sad souls like ourselves)?

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  6. Yes, Anne
    I linked to those pages in the original post. The point is that both you and I had to search for them.
    Also, flooding does not just affect those whose homes are in a flood risk area. In 2000 parts of Chigwell Road and Charlie Browns roundabout were closed due to the floods; with a major impact upon the travelling public.
    Putting the Warning on the front page would have a much wider audience than those directly at risk.
    It's called "Duty of Care".

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  7. I must agree that the disruption, should the flood affect Chigwell Road an Charlie Browns roundabout, would affect a must broader range of people than the immediate residents. Hope the floods won't happen and hope the authorities will broaden their concepts of causes and consequences.
    Oops, the official website would quarter me for that!
    annesevant

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  8. I checked the river this morning. It's quite "full" but not anywhere near flooding levels. Mind you there may be some water up stream on it's way????

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