Flood farce UK: Thousands evacuated from their homes in York after the flood gates were deliberately OPENED

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in York after flood gates protecting the historic city were deliberately opened by the Environment Agency – sending raging torrents through the streets.

A 200-year-old pub that sits on a bridge in Summerseat, Greater Manchester, partially collapsed into the river when it flooded on Saturday, December 26. Heavy rain caused the River Irwell to swell under the Waterside Inn, triggering the building to collapse, according to the Independent. There is now concern the bridge itself may collapse.

This video shows an aerial view of the building after the collapse.

  • AlanUK

    My understanding is that the flood gates were opened to protect the water pumping station. If they hadn’t done so there was a grave risk of the pumping station not being available to clear the flood waters. Sounds like a difficult situation where you are hanged if you do and hanged if you don’t.

    • Jose M Ruiz

      I would think it easier however to work around fixing a pumping station than fixing a frigging neighbourhood?

    • Backa Bock

      Your understanding is propaganda. If they were so concerned, they didn’t need to open all sluices. I question why they had to immediately flood the town before sandbagging. Something is very fishy.

    • Frances

      I heard that line too. If the pumping station is so vulnerable, why was it built there in the first place?

  • AlanUK

    An interesting background post from the Bishop Hill blog – well worth a read as is the whole site. “The Bishop” is one of the most active UK bloggers in the global warming area.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That’s one way to finance an urban renewal scheme.
    Flood the whole damn town and foist the costs off onto the insurance companies.
    Rather clever.

  • tom_billesley

    The collapsed pub used to be a watermill.

  • simus1

    Another excuse suggested that the flood gates were so iffy there was some doubt they could be opened at all if the dam went to maximum capacity. Any additional rain after that would then destroy the whole facility.
    Apparently lots of money available for silly foreign aid projects and paying off rent seeking filth deep into the Globull Warming windmills scam but nothing for refurbishing critical infrastructure or dredging rivers.

    • Sid Falco

      Absolutely. The council will have stopped dredging the rivers to preserve the habitat of some snail or other threatened by “climate change”.

      • Backa Bock

        Please! The reality is it’s cheaper not to dredge, so they are happy not to dredge. Digging bypass canals is permitted, but they didn’t do that either, now did they?

    • Millie_Woods

      Normally they flood the towns with foreigners.

  • Backa Bock

    Maybe the millions of refugees could build dig out a bypass canal. Oh wait, just flood the natives, that’s easier.

  • Brett_McS

    Dellers blames the EU directive to stop dredging the rivers. Makes sense; a shallow river floods more easily.

  • Maggat

    Nothing new here. Gov’t, their civil service, and the enviro hangers on. What should we expect?

  • DMB

    WOW! When Britain “opened the flood gates” all this time I thought it was to let in illegals, refugees and Muslim invaders into the country. Now they have literately opened the flood gates and surprise they have flooded the town. This is an truly an excellent metaphor for the immigration problem in Britain and through out Europe.