October 9, 2012

Bugs Now on the Beach at Bude and in South Devon

It's been raining hard all day here in the Haldon Hills. If you're wondering why that's happening yet again please peruse my recent articles on how climate change causes Arctic sea-ice to disappear, which causes frequent floods here in South West England,  which causes unpleasant bugs to go swimming around our beaches. Putting all that together at the present moment, here's how the information available online looks as we speak.

The Environment Agency has issued amber flood alerts for a number of rivers across Devon. These include parts of the rivers Clyst, Culm, Exe, Otter and Sid, as well as the river Neet at Bude in North Cornwall:

Environment Agency flood alerts for South West England at 19:40 BST on 9th October 2012

Environment Agency flood alerts for South West England at 19:40 BST on 9th October 2012

If we now drill down a bit further and click on the link to the Upper River Tamar we can see what's happening in and around Bude:

Environment Agency flood alerts for Bude issued at 14:08 BST on 9th October 2012

Environment Agency flood alerts for Bude issued at 14:08 BST on 9th October 2012

It certainly looks like the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO for short) at Bude will be having some problems at the moment, so lets go and take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage interactive map of sewage spills around the South West:

Surfers Against Sewage map of spills in the South West at 19:15 BST on 9th October 2012

Surfers Against Sewage map of spills in the South West at 19:15 BST on 9th October 2012

As you can see, sewage is currently finding it's way into the sea at Bude and Westward Ho! on the north coast, and a total of 7 beaches in South Devon.  Clicking on one of the red flags on the map reveals the following:

Short term pollution incident at Bude Summerleaze from October 9, 2012, 14:19

Short term pollution incident at Bude Summerleaze from October 9, 2012, 14:19

As you can see there is currently a:

Short term pollution incident at Bude Summerleaze
Date: October 9, 2012, 14:19
SAS SEWAGE ALERT
Sewage is currently discharging at Bude Summerleaze. This can have a serious impact on water quality.

Anyone fancy a swim?  Anyone else fancy some renewable energy generation in their own "back yard"?

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October 11, 2012

Jim @ 12:57 pm

According to "This Is Devon" this morning:

Parts of Devon have seen flooding and numerous incidents on roads after downpours hit the region this morning.

Police and emergency services have been stretched after having to attend to a string of crashes, mainly along the A38 and M5 at Exeter.

Standing water on the A38 at Kennford caused flooding on the inside lane where the A30 merges, forcing drivers to stop or go around the water, said police.

Here in the Haldon Hills it's still raining, and, according to Surfers Against Sewage, Torquay and Budleigh Salterton have joined the queue of flashing red flags on their map of "pollution incidents":

Surfers Against Sewage map of spills in the South West at 11:15 BST on 11th October 2012

October 12, 2012

Jim @ 12:10 pm

It's now Friday 12th October 2012. It's currently hailing here in the Haldon Hills. According to "This is Devon".

More heavy rain has affected parts of Devon this morning.

Many roads around the region are blocked or impassable and police have been attending numerous accidents.

According to the Surfers Against Sewage map of sewage spills another one started yesterday afternoon on the north coast:

Surfers Against Sewage map of spills in the South West at 13:10 BST on 12th October 2012

Short term pollution incident at Woolacombe Village
Date: October 11, 2012, 14:19
SAS SEWAGE ALERT
Sewage is currently discharging at Woolacombe Village. This can have a serious impact on water quality.

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