Army called in to check for flood damage in Warrington

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TROOPS from the Army, RAF and Royal Navy have been called into service in Warrington - to assess flood defences across the town.

The Environment Agency has called in soldiers to carry out an ‘urgent inspection’ of flood defences amid concerns they have been damaged by the recent severe weather.

Matt Crump, EA Operations Manager, said: “The defences need to be inspected to ensure they remain in good working order, and so that we can develop a programme of repairs if required.

“Support was requested from the Ministry of Defence to ensure the task is completed as quickly as possible.

“The military personnel have been trained by our asset inspectors and will work with them over the next six weeks to support the assessment.”

The operation, which started last week, is being carried out across the north west.

Mark Francois, minister for the Armed Forces, said: “We are proud to be able to make a contribution and will remain on hand to provide assistance for as long as we are required.”

The decision to call in the military has been criticised by residents.

Bill Shaw, of Woodstock Gardens, Appleton, was at Poulton Park Golf Club on Friday when an RAF serviceman visited.

Mr Shaw said: “He spoke to the steward and told him that he needed some information relating to the water courses that cross the course.

“I found it incredulous that we should be using such a highly skilled resource in such a haphazard way.

“I am amazed the public are having to pay again to address such issues because the responsible authorities seem incapable of doing their day jobs.”

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3:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Surely these resources would be better served in more needy areas at this present time. EA why are you pulling in these valuable resources when they could be better utilised elsewhere? Get a grip EA I really hope no one from down south reads this ludicrous story!
Still Grumpy
Surely these resources would be better served in more needy areas at this present time. EA why are you pulling in these valuable resources when they could be better utilised elsewhere? Get a grip EA I really hope no one from down south reads this ludicrous story! Still Grumpy GRUMPY PARENT
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3:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Warrington Wife says...

Is this because EA have made too many redundancies?
Is this because EA have made too many redundancies? Warrington Wife
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3:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Nick Tessla says...

"......concerns they have been damaged by the recent severe weather. ..."


Flood defences that are only suitable in fair weather ? Who would have thought that building them from tissue paper and toilet paper tubes would have caused a problem?

As long as Terry O'Neill got his cub scout handicraft badge.

;-)
"......concerns they have been damaged by the recent severe weather. ..." Flood defences that are only suitable in fair weather ? Who would have thought that building them from tissue paper and toilet paper tubes would have caused a problem? As long as Terry O'Neill got his cub scout handicraft badge. ;-) Nick Tessla
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3:57pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Nick Tessla wrote:
"......concerns they have been damaged by the recent severe weather. ..."


Flood defences that are only suitable in fair weather ? Who would have thought that building them from tissue paper and toilet paper tubes would have caused a problem?

As long as Terry O'Neill got his cub scout handicraft badge.

;-)
S**t Nick you are funny!
[quote][p][bold]Nick Tessla[/bold] wrote: "......concerns they have been damaged by the recent severe weather. ..." Flood defences that are only suitable in fair weather ? Who would have thought that building them from tissue paper and toilet paper tubes would have caused a problem? As long as Terry O'Neill got his cub scout handicraft badge. ;-)[/p][/quote]S**t Nick you are funny! GRUMPY PARENT
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4:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

widnesman says...

Are these people full time military or some of the reservists (defence on the cheap) that are currently being recruited?
Are these people full time military or some of the reservists (defence on the cheap) that are currently being recruited? widnesman
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6:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

widnesman wrote:
Are these people full time military or some of the reservists (defence on the cheap) that are currently being recruited?
Either way better deployed else where than Warrington TBH.
[quote][p][bold]widnesman[/bold] wrote: Are these people full time military or some of the reservists (defence on the cheap) that are currently being recruited?[/p][/quote]Either way better deployed else where than Warrington TBH. GRUMPY PARENT
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10:16pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mr. Squiggles says...

months of work and millions of pounds was spent on them what a waste of public money if they have been damaged in less than a year
months of work and millions of pounds was spent on them what a waste of public money if they have been damaged in less than a year Mr. Squiggles
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7:19am Wed 12 Mar 14

dannyb210 says...

Better being safe than sorry, maybe they are being checked because its not been long since they were completed.

The EA cant win at the moment, build flood defences and check they are ok and they get moaned at, maybe the use of the armed forces has been requested because most of the EA's resources are down south so they need assistance in other areas.

lets not forget all problems down south on the somerset plains have been made worse by careless farming over the past few years.
Better being safe than sorry, maybe they are being checked because its not been long since they were completed. The EA cant win at the moment, build flood defences and check they are ok and they get moaned at, maybe the use of the armed forces has been requested because most of the EA's resources are down south so they need assistance in other areas. lets not forget all problems down south on the somerset plains have been made worse by careless farming over the past few years. dannyb210
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12:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

WAFiver says...

Thanks to WG's usual inability to string together a cohesive article, the image shows Knutsford Rd, yet the article refers to Poulton Park.
Which, if either, is it?
If neither, where?
WG, are you allergic to printing the full facts, or just too lazy to research the story fully?
Thanks to WG's usual inability to string together a cohesive article, the image shows Knutsford Rd, yet the article refers to Poulton Park. Which, if either, is it? If neither, where? WG, are you allergic to printing the full facts, or just too lazy to research the story fully? WAFiver
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