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Whilst we are all getting ready for Christmas

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UzziInSunshine

UzziInSunshine Report 24 Dec 2012 16:12

can we spare a bit of time for those whose day is in ruins because of the Floods.

Can those who are in flood areas please check in if possible and those of you who are now without family because of travel disruptions also check in for company.

As a nation of rally round and help in times of trouble there is no better time to do that.
I know Devon, Cornwall, West and East Sussex, Isle of Wight, Somerset, parts of Wales (can somebody put that up) are all under flood alerts.

Does anybody know which rail services are cancelled.
Does anybody somebody who´s family can´t make it ..could you make their Xmas??

*$parkling $andie*

*$parkling $andie* Report 24 Dec 2012 18:55

From the BBC homepage in my area.

Christmas Eve was wet in parts of England, Wales and Scotland, with Wales and the South East of England set for a very wet Christmas Day.

The rail network in the South West of England suffered major disruption.

Operator First Great Western advised customers not to attempt to travel west of Taunton in either direction.

The Environment Agency has issued about 160 flood warnings and more than 260 flood alerts for all regions in England and in Wales, with most in place across the Midlands and south-west England.

Up to 30mm of rain was expected on Monday in south-west England, where some 57 of the flood warnings remained in place into the evening.

In Scotland, 19 flood warnings are in place affecting Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Dundee and Angus, Tayside and the Borders.

Advanced weather warnings have already been issued for 26 and 27 December, advising that heavy showers on saturated ground across the UK could lead to localised flooding.

Christmas Eve on the rail network saw services from London Paddington towards Exeter and the West of England terminating at Tiverton, with limited road transport continuing to Newton Abbot via Exeter St Davids.

First Great Western said trains were unable to operate between Tiverton Parkway Station and Exeter St Davids, and between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot.

Christmas Eve was wet in parts of England, Wales and Scotland, with Wales and the South East of England set for a very wet Christmas Day.

The rail network in the South West of England suffered major disruption.

Operator First Great Western advised customers not to attempt to travel west of Taunton in either direction.

The Environment Agency has issued about 160 flood warnings and more than 260 flood alerts for all regions in England and in Wales, with most in place across the Midlands and south-west England.

Up to 30mm of rain was expected on Monday in south-west England, where some 57 of the flood warnings remained in place into the evening.

In Scotland, 19 flood warnings are in place affecting Aberdeenshire, Caithness and Sutherland, Dundee and Angus, Tayside and the Borders.

Advanced weather warnings have already been issued for 26 and 27 December, advising that heavy showers on saturated ground across the UK could lead to localised flooding.

Christmas Eve on the rail network saw services from London Paddington towards Exeter and the West of England terminating at Tiverton, with limited road transport continuing to Newton Abbot via Exeter St Davids.

First Great Western said trains were unable to operate between Tiverton Parkway Station and Exeter St Davids, and between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot.

The Environmental Agency Director also reminded people not to walk or drive through floodwater.

A number of other key routes - including the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, the M6 in Cumbria and Staffordshire and the M5 near Bristol - were also struck by weather-related delays.

Reduced train services were operating on the West Coast line, and flooding had also disrupted CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First Great Western (FGW) and First TransPennine Express services.

I would expect that people would check before travelling,there's certainly enough advice on the news about doing so.
Travel is difficult in many places and I hope that people can get to where they want to be safely.
Sandie.

+++DetEcTive+++

+++DetEcTive+++ Report 24 Dec 2012 19:10

From a friend who lives near Truro. The B mentioned hoped to get to Birmingham

@10.19 this morning
"We are waiting to hear from I & B ~ they left here at 6:30 . B's ticket is from Exeter but that station is hopeless as closed there so they are heading for Taunton. Latest news on TV not looking good. They went to Truro station on Saturday for advice/ to change travel to yesterday and were advised to travel today"

@ 11.57
"Text from I @ Exeter services saying he is on way home so presumably B is on a bus or train heading to the Midlands."

So looking on the bright side, it was possible to get from Truro to Taunton

:-D

UzziInSunshine

UzziInSunshine Report 24 Dec 2012 19:41

Thanks Sandie and DET for the updates

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 25 Dec 2012 05:19

I have been watching the news and feeling so sorry for all those affected, especially people whose Christmases are ruined due their homes being flooded etc.

Hope your Christmas is a nice one Uzzi and things stay as calm as possible

Love
Lizxx