Storm Dennis. Who's been affected?

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Apart from some high winds, very large puddles on the slip roads to the A127, local parks being shut and the river down the bottom of our street being quite a bit higher than normal (although I have seen it twice as high in previous years when we had no named storms), we’ve been relatively untouched by storm Dennis. Just before we moved into this house in March 1990, we had two large trees blown down in the garden and a few years after that we had tiles blown off the roof. Again, just a general bit of bad weather and not a named storm.

Looking at the news though, it’s been disastrous for many people up and down the country and the mess and muck that’s left in a house when flood water recedes is absolutely horrendous - I don’t know how I’d cope with it. I’d also be of the mind that if it’s happened once, it could happen again and I think I’d want to move. Many can’t and it must be dreadful for them just fearing the next one to come along. I’d also imagine a previously flooded house would be difficult or expensive to insure - I know the people down the end of my road that live within 100 yards of the river complain about the price they pay for insurance.

Has anyone on here been affected by storm Dennis?
 
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Our local river burst its banks and flooded parts that I'd not seen flooded before. The Council flood defences has been installed incorrectly and the water was the same height either side. I drove down one of the streets in the Xc90 and it was touch and go (not really a proper 4x4).
 
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I know the people down the end of my road that live within 100 yards of the river complain about the price they pay for insurance

Some insurers have refused to insure my house -because on the map it is included in a flood area.
There is a small brook at the bottom of the garden, but its way below the level of the house.
Although it was scarily high last night, just 2 feet below the level of my garden cabin / shed - part of which I built 18" from the edge of the brook at its closest point.

The bottom of our road floods and the houses down that end had pumps going to get rid of water building in the drives and gardens.

Surface water flooding seems to cause a lot of the problems these days.
 
Some insurers have refused to insure my house -because on the map it is included in a flood area.
There is a small brook at the bottom of the garden, but its way below the level of the house.
Although it was scarily high last night, just 2 feet below the level of my garden cabin / shed - part of which I built 18" from the edge of the brook at its closest point.

The bottom of our road floods and the houses down that end had pumps going to get rid of water building in the drives and gardens.

Surface water flooding seems to cause a lot of the problems these days.
 
Went for my usual Sunday morning circular run. I had almost reached home but part of the path (National cycle route 6 just north of Nottingham) was flooded, so it was either turn around and run back the 7 miles I had come, or a short swim home... Plumped for the latter.

This isn't water from a river either, just water running off the adjacent saturated land.

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Went for my usual Sunday morning circular run. I had almost reached home but part of the path (National cycle route 6 just north of Nottingham) was flooded, so it was either turn around and run back the 7 miles I had come, or a short swim home... Plumped for the latter.

This isn't water from a river either, just water running off the adjacent saturated land.

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Who took the picture?

Also what about chances of infection?
 
Went for my usual Sunday morning circular run. I had almost reached home but part of the path (National cycle route 6 just north of Nottingham) was flooded, so it was either turn around and run back the 7 miles I had come, or a short swim home... Plumped for the latter.

This isn't water from a river either, just water running off the adjacent saturated land.

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I'll bet it was colder than cold :eek:
I thought it was cold last night, and I was swimming in a (supposedly) heated leisure centre pool.....
 
Who took the picture?
My running buddie, he had his phone with him for the running app he uses, fortunately in a waterproof cover.

I'll bet it was colder than cold :eek:
Surprisingly I didn't find it too bad, it was cold, but it didn't seem as cold as entering the sea (in the UK summer) we had probably acclimatised to it gradually also, because we had already passed through some water to knee height and had then warmed up again due to continuing running. The air temperature was 8 degrees, so once we were out the other side and completed the last mile home we were actually warm.

Hope we didn't need the swimming practice for the Carsington Water Half Marathon we're doing next weekend!!!
 
what about chances of infection?

I did think about that briefly, but as the water was running off the surrounding land took the chance. After helping my plumber father in the past and before the advent of PPE, I have been in some pretty dodgy places. Having said that, I did then notice at the end of the flood as the path rose back up near the gate, there was a semi submerged dog poo bin....Hmmm....
 
I did think about that briefly, but as the water was running off the surrounding land took the chance. After helping my plumber father in the past and before the advent of PPE, I have been in some pretty dodgy places. Having said that, I did then notice at the end of the flood as the path rose back up near the gate, there was a semi submerged dog poo bin....Hmmm....

Dont worry them dog poo bins are always empty!

So how many miles do you run? I took up running a while back when the hype was zero drop runnibg shoes to mimic barefoot experience my achilles were on fire!
 
Normally I run a circular of about 7 miles on the weekend, and to work and back one day midweek, which is 4 miles each way. Then there's probably a couple of miles extra just getting locally from A to B, plus entering 2 to 3 10K's and a half marathon spaced out over the year. I've been running regularly for about 25 years so it's second nature, and I'm fortunate that in my mid 50's I can still do so without any problems. I'd like to try a marathon but after completing a half marathon, doubt I could double the distance without a lot more training.
 
I can't run, not for any distance anyway.
While tackling another problem, the physio commented that my right calf was very tight. Which was probably due to an old football knee injury.
Consequently, I can't run any decent distance without it pulling. Even fifteen years ago (and with regular training), I maxed out at four miles before it gave up the ghost again .
Swimming for me it is then(y)
 
After stepping on the scales at 21 stone about 10 years ago, I have spent the subsequent years running on and off among other things as I have lost weight, tied into meeting and marrying my wife and having 2 children.

This Sunday the hard work culminates as I run the Seville marathon, my first race at this distance. I've spent the last 16 weeks training hard to do this, over 500 miles have been logged in those weeks alone. It really is a massive step up in time and commitment compared to running a half marathon. My weight is now just under 13 stone and although I'm having massive bouts of self doubt as I am deep into my taper at the moment, I am the fittest and leanest I have been since I was a teenager at school.

The last 2 weekends have been fun out running in the storms, getting blown by Ciara was probably more enjoyable than getting blown by Dennis.
 
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