VIDEO: Calls for inquiry into handling of Christmas Day flooding evacuation at Iford Bridge

Bournemouth Echo: Site managers Wendy and Ken Ayres Site managers Wendy and Ken Ayres

THE managers of Iford Bridge Home Park where 90 people were evacuated due to devastating flooding are calling for an inquiry into the way the disaster was handled.

Site managers Wendy and Ken Ayres have said elderly residents were placed in “serious danger” because of the lack of warning before the floodwater swept into properties causing £10million damage.

Elderly and bed-ridden residents were rescued in dinghies at 4am on Christmas Day when the River Stour broke its banks despite being told just hours earlier that they did not need to be evacuated.

Wendy said: “The lives of the residents were put in serious danger. We want an inquiry into the way the severe flooding at the park was handled by the environment agency.

“We are always given two hours notice to evacuate. But instead I was first notified by the police who called me at 3.35am and said we should evacuate.

“The first I heard from the Environment Agency was at 4am when they said there was a flood warning. They then called back four minutes later and changed the warning to severe, which means we should evacuate immediately.”

The major incident has been described as a "one-in-100-years event" and the site managers said it was the worst flood in the area since 1979.

A conference was held on Christmas Eve with the Environment Agency and emergency services and it was decided that there was no need to evacuate.

Ken said: “They knew the speed it was coming at. But they didn't know the time. So why take the risk?”

Resident Chris Hart said: “It was traumatic, there definitely was not enough warning from the environment agency. It was scary because the whole area was swarming with water.”

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: “On Christmas Eve a flood warning was put in place which means flooding is expected and immediate action is required. The residents would have been free to respond by leaving the site.

“The Agency worked closely with partner organisations to ensure residents were safely evacuated.  We don’t see a need for an inquiry but the managers are within their rights to call for one.

“With the benefit of hindsight it would have been better to evacuate on Christmas Eve, rather than leaving it till early in the morning on Christmas Day.”

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8:11am Sat 28 Dec 13

Alumchiner says...

Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role.
Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role. Alumchiner

8:15am Sat 28 Dec 13

UsernameWithheld says...

That's the christmas spirit, let them drown next time, ungreatful idiots.
That's the christmas spirit, let them drown next time, ungreatful idiots. UsernameWithheld

8:30am Sat 28 Dec 13

skydriver says...

What should have been done, yes it was dreadful weather, that was a force of nature,if you had seen the weather forecast and thought it was going to be dangerous then why didn't you. As managers, start. To evacuate the evening before. Managers are suppose to use management skills not pass the buck when things don't go according to plan.
It is true this area has not flooded for some years due to the work that's been done on flood defence, however one may ask is it a good position for a mobile home park, with so many old folk some bedridden as these managers say, so close to a river .
The emergency services that help evacuate the residence did a great job fortunately no one was injured,.
What should have been done, yes it was dreadful weather, that was a force of nature,if you had seen the weather forecast and thought it was going to be dangerous then why didn't you. As managers, start. To evacuate the evening before. Managers are suppose to use management skills not pass the buck when things don't go according to plan. It is true this area has not flooded for some years due to the work that's been done on flood defence, however one may ask is it a good position for a mobile home park, with so many old folk some bedridden as these managers say, so close to a river . The emergency services that help evacuate the residence did a great job fortunately no one was injured,. skydriver

8:34am Sat 28 Dec 13

Lord Spring says...

I have seen no reports of flooding in Christchurch such as there was several decades ago so I am presuming the flood defences worked there
But how long will it be before the EA return the Stour River to it meandering course instead of rushing it out to sea to engage a high tide
I have seen no reports of flooding in Christchurch such as there was several decades ago so I am presuming the flood defences worked there But how long will it be before the EA return the Stour River to it meandering course instead of rushing it out to sea to engage a high tide Lord Spring

8:39am Sat 28 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Why is Compo in this video
and where is Nora Batty
Why is Compo in this video and where is Nora Batty nickynoodah

8:44am Sat 28 Dec 13

twynham says...

It's been p1ssing down for days, you live on the side of a river, work it out.
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Planks!
It's been p1ssing down for days, you live on the side of a river, work it out. . Planks! twynham

8:47am Sat 28 Dec 13

Derf says...

Perhaps Mr. Ayres should tell us all what his flood defence plans are, given his site is right next to a river, he must have one. Could he tell us what it is and how it was implemented that night?

The storms over Christmas were forecast, did you stock pile sandbags, have all your residents been advised of what to do or your sites evacuation plan? Do es your site have a policy and procedure for those unable to walk?
(I suspect not, as it's much easier to blame someone else)
Perhaps Mr. Ayres should tell us all what his flood defence plans are, given his site is right next to a river, he must have one. Could he tell us what it is and how it was implemented that night? The storms over Christmas were forecast, did you stock pile sandbags, have all your residents been advised of what to do or your sites evacuation plan? Do es your site have a policy and procedure for those unable to walk? (I suspect not, as it's much easier to blame someone else) Derf

8:54am Sat 28 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

The question is not to question the commitment of the Emergency services who came to your rescue.

But to question your local MP, Tobias Ellwood who has not been seen or made any comment regarding this incident and he has had enough time to do so.Show's you the calibre of the man and his commitment to his constituents in Bournemouth east.
The question is not to question the commitment of the Emergency services who came to your rescue. But to question your local MP, Tobias Ellwood who has not been seen or made any comment regarding this incident and he has had enough time to do so.Show's you the calibre of the man and his commitment to his constituents in Bournemouth east. politicaltrainspotter

8:54am Sat 28 Dec 13

djd says...

You live in a mobile home park on the side of a notorious river. It's been raining for days, the weather forecast is for more rain, the river is rising.
Do you stay there and drown because no one told you to get out?
The same mentality as the driver who follows the directness given by his sat nav regardless of where he's going.
Think for yourselves, it's your life and you only have one of them.
I'm sorry for your predicament, but don't blame others for your naivety.
You live in a mobile home park on the side of a notorious river. It's been raining for days, the weather forecast is for more rain, the river is rising. Do you stay there and drown because no one told you to get out? The same mentality as the driver who follows the directness given by his sat nav regardless of where he's going. Think for yourselves, it's your life and you only have one of them. I'm sorry for your predicament, but don't blame others for your naivety. djd

9:00am Sat 28 Dec 13

i have heard it all now says...

Get real,Blandford had seen a very high river level as shown on the Enviroment Agency website.
The water is only going downstream,work it out,you live on a flood plain you will soon see a lot of water around your caravan site.
A diversion tactic by the site managment.
Get real,Blandford had seen a very high river level as shown on the Enviroment Agency website. The water is only going downstream,work it out,you live on a flood plain you will soon see a lot of water around your caravan site. A diversion tactic by the site managment. i have heard it all now

9:08am Sat 28 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

Matthew 7:24-27
Build Your House on the Rock
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Matthew 7:24-27 Build Your House on the Rock 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” nickynoodah

9:10am Sat 28 Dec 13

Lucky Rich says...

This modern age with all its new technology is not making people brighter is it......every thing that happens always seems to be someone else s fault these days.
This modern age with all its new technology is not making people brighter is it......every thing that happens always seems to be someone else s fault these days. Lucky Rich

9:32am Sat 28 Dec 13

ShuttleX says...

You are ungrateful pair of bar stewards Mr and Mrs Ayes. Like the EA said, you were free to leave on Christmas Eve when you got the flood warning. To save money, you probably decided to stay, now you want to blame everybody else. It is not often I wish ill of people, but for you two, I will make an exception.
You are ungrateful pair of bar stewards Mr and Mrs Ayes. Like the EA said, you were free to leave on Christmas Eve when you got the flood warning. To save money, you probably decided to stay, now you want to blame everybody else. It is not often I wish ill of people, but for you two, I will make an exception. ShuttleX

9:34am Sat 28 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

This article really beggars belief! Home on flood plain + flooding forecast = get out.
This article really beggars belief! Home on flood plain + flooding forecast = get out. Old Colonial

9:46am Sat 28 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

No casualties!!

Rescue effort therefore was 100 percent successful.

What a pair of ungrateful idiots!!

Case closed!!
No casualties!! Rescue effort therefore was 100 percent successful. What a pair of ungrateful idiots!! Case closed!! Controversial But True

9:47am Sat 28 Dec 13

steelpaul says...

This is just the type of attitude that really annoys me, why are they looking to place blame on someone, they were the unfortunate victims of a natural occurance, what they should be doing is thanking the emergency services and all others involved in rescuing everyone from the site. These people disgust me, maybe next time we just leave them there!

Let's be honest here, what they are attempting to do is lay the foundation for a future compensation claim
This is just the type of attitude that really annoys me, why are they looking to place blame on someone, they were the unfortunate victims of a natural occurance, what they should be doing is thanking the emergency services and all others involved in rescuing everyone from the site. These people disgust me, maybe next time we just leave them there! Let's be honest here, what they are attempting to do is lay the foundation for a future compensation claim steelpaul

10:11am Sat 28 Dec 13

Craigy C says...

Totally agree with all of the previous comments, these two are a nightmare. How on earth they are in a position of authority with peoples safety in their care I've no idea.
What's more annoying is the daily echo's reporting of this matter, yet more poor journalism from our local RAG.
I do hope there isn't an inquiry into the EA's handling of this, why waste more tax payers money?
Totally agree with all of the previous comments, these two are a nightmare. How on earth they are in a position of authority with peoples safety in their care I've no idea. What's more annoying is the daily echo's reporting of this matter, yet more poor journalism from our local RAG. I do hope there isn't an inquiry into the EA's handling of this, why waste more tax payers money? Craigy C

10:22am Sat 28 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

I also noticed that Ken in the video was wearing a life jacket under his jumper
so he's not as thick as he looks and sounds you know,
I bed he can write and spell better than me and george
I also noticed that Ken in the video was wearing a life jacket under his jumper so he's not as thick as he looks and sounds you know, I bed he can write and spell better than me and george nickynoodah

10:27am Sat 28 Dec 13

Harrytherspider says...

So Mr and Mrs Ayres. You own a business on a river bank and you call yourselves managers. Days Of rain and rising waters yet you sit there and do absolutely nothing and moan because of the inconvenience of your elderly and infirm residents being moved out during the early hours of xmas day. If you are that concerned and you have bed ridden and elderly residents why on earth did you not forward plan and phone these peoples NOK's warning them of the potential dangers and ask them to come and pick their families up and secure the properties as best as they can. You let your clients down and nobody else. You should both hang your heads in shame!!!
So Mr and Mrs Ayres. You own a business on a river bank and you call yourselves managers. Days Of rain and rising waters yet you sit there and do absolutely nothing and moan because of the inconvenience of your elderly and infirm residents being moved out during the early hours of xmas day. If you are that concerned and you have bed ridden and elderly residents why on earth did you not forward plan and phone these peoples NOK's warning them of the potential dangers and ask them to come and pick their families up and secure the properties as best as they can. You let your clients down and nobody else. You should both hang your heads in shame!!! Harrytherspider

10:29am Sat 28 Dec 13

simcal says...

A caravan site on a flood plain. It's been flooding down there since I was a boy in the 60's. Not exactly the best place for elderly, bedridden people to be living. It always looks like a nice place to live in the summer, but come the winter.......
These two are unreal. Obviously a claim for compensation on the way because I don't think any insurance company would insure against flood. Been to many in that location. Hat's off to all the people who helped out instead of being home with their families.
A caravan site on a flood plain. It's been flooding down there since I was a boy in the 60's. Not exactly the best place for elderly, bedridden people to be living. It always looks like a nice place to live in the summer, but come the winter....... These two are unreal. Obviously a claim for compensation on the way because I don't think any insurance company would insure against flood. Been to many in that location. Hat's off to all the people who helped out instead of being home with their families. simcal

10:33am Sat 28 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Alumchiner wrote:
Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role.
I live about a 3rd of a mile further along the river and I had a flood warning from Floodline at 00:21 on Christmas morning! They're just after their 15 minutes of fame!
[quote][p][bold]Alumchiner[/bold] wrote: Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role.[/p][/quote]I live about a 3rd of a mile further along the river and I had a flood warning from Floodline at 00:21 on Christmas morning! They're just after their 15 minutes of fame! Controversial But True

10:40am Sat 28 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

If people want to make fools of themselves in private, so be it. However the Echo seems to make a point of making their stupidity public as it slips away from being a real newspaper into the world of Twitter and Facebook. Sad really.
If people want to make fools of themselves in private, so be it. However the Echo seems to make a point of making their stupidity public as it slips away from being a real newspaper into the world of Twitter and Facebook. Sad really. Old Colonial

11:01am Sat 28 Dec 13

Hessenford says...

If they had evacuated early and no flooding occurred they would have been criticisd so they were dammed if they did or dammed if they didn't, these two ingrates should be given thanks that services turned out at all to help the residents, not seeking inquiries and investigations, ungrateful pigs.
If they had evacuated early and no flooding occurred they would have been criticisd so they were dammed if they did or dammed if they didn't, these two ingrates should be given thanks that services turned out at all to help the residents, not seeking inquiries and investigations, ungrateful pigs. Hessenford

11:05am Sat 28 Dec 13

Roginthesouth says...

An interesting section on the video, as site Manager Wendy Ayres commented the rescue service were having difficulty locating residents, as “Our numbering system is a bit useless”
Well as Managers, as that was a known fact, then it should have been included in your Risk Assessment, and you should have made the necessary changes to ensure there was a clear documented plan available for rescue services to promptly identify and locate all your residents. Especially those who were more at risk, or less accessible.
An interesting section on the video, as site Manager Wendy Ayres commented the rescue service were having difficulty locating residents, as “Our numbering system is a bit useless” Well as Managers, as that was a known fact, then it should have been included in your Risk Assessment, and you should have made the necessary changes to ensure there was a clear documented plan available for rescue services to promptly identify and locate all your residents. Especially those who were more at risk, or less accessible. Roginthesouth

11:06am Sat 28 Dec 13

speedy231278 says...

Lack of warning? Are these managers really that stupid? Awful weather forecast to last for days, site on a flood plain, right next to the river, just by a nice big obstruction caused by a couple of bridges. What the bloody hell did they think would happen? Moses would come along and part the floodwater? Absolute morons, they should be in court. It's clearly a totally unsuitable location for housing, they have little protection afforded, and clearly no plan as to what to do in the event of bad weather except wait for the emergency services to sort it out for them. Utter cretins, just like most of the landlords in the area.
Lack of warning? Are these managers really that stupid? Awful weather forecast to last for days, site on a flood plain, right next to the river, just by a nice big obstruction caused by a couple of bridges. What the bloody hell did they think would happen? Moses would come along and part the floodwater? Absolute morons, they should be in court. It's clearly a totally unsuitable location for housing, they have little protection afforded, and clearly no plan as to what to do in the event of bad weather except wait for the emergency services to sort it out for them. Utter cretins, just like most of the landlords in the area. speedy231278

11:19am Sat 28 Dec 13

BournemouthMum says...

Alumchiner wrote:
Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role.
Spot on. I was going to say the same thing but you beat me to it.
[quote][p][bold]Alumchiner[/bold] wrote: Yes go on blame someone else for their efforts to help you. Talk about ungrateful ?....perhaps trying to deflect blame from themselves ? Sounds as if as managers they wern't up to the role.[/p][/quote]Spot on. I was going to say the same thing but you beat me to it. BournemouthMum

11:20am Sat 28 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

I think the comments on here clearly show what a pair of wallies mr and mrs Ayres are.Please Echo do not give them any further publicity.
I think the comments on here clearly show what a pair of wallies mr and mrs Ayres are.Please Echo do not give them any further publicity. pete woodley

11:22am Sat 28 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought:

Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river.

Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted.
Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought: Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river. Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted. muscliffman

11:51am Sat 28 Dec 13

madras says...

You need only look at a map of the area to see how this home park and indeed the one across the river stick out from the line of 'permanent' properties to see how/why they are so vulnerable.

And £10m damage does sound a little 'toppish' for the park
You need only look at a map of the area to see how this home park and indeed the one across the river stick out from the line of 'permanent' properties to see how/why they are so vulnerable. And £10m damage does sound a little 'toppish' for the park madras

11:56am Sat 28 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Her we go again, Daily Mail style blame culture. People failing to take responsibility for themselves and then blaming someone else when things go wrong.
.
The Met Office issued an Amber Warning well in advance with the associated advice that "Some evacuations may be required. Be prepared to protect yourself and your property". The site manager obviously chose to ignore this advice perhaps too much effort required.
Her we go again, Daily Mail style blame culture. People failing to take responsibility for themselves and then blaming someone else when things go wrong. . The Met Office issued an Amber Warning well in advance with the associated advice that "Some evacuations may be required. Be prepared to protect yourself and your property". The site manager obviously chose to ignore this advice perhaps too much effort required. BmthNewshound

12:11pm Sat 28 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

muscliffman wrote:
Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought:

Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river.

Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted.
Of course we could ask some of the countries we have been giving money to for ages,to let us have some back,to help with OUR flooding problems.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought: Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river. Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted.[/p][/quote]Of course we could ask some of the countries we have been giving money to for ages,to let us have some back,to help with OUR flooding problems. pete woodley

12:26pm Sat 28 Dec 13

arti273 says...

A good interviewer would have stopped the interview, taken the phone off the hook and restarted. It was probably a Daily Mail journalist ringing for an exclusive scoop.
A good interviewer would have stopped the interview, taken the phone off the hook and restarted. It was probably a Daily Mail journalist ringing for an exclusive scoop. arti273

12:37pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Marcus Yardley says...

It is not rocket science. Stormy weather, loads of rain, close proximity to river adds up to flooding. Or is it a case of "you should look after me, I have have rights (but not responsibilities), who can I blame regardless of who foots the bill for an enquiry and, most important "WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COMPO". If I had been daft enough to get
caught out in this way I would be too embarrassed to shout about it.
It is not rocket science. Stormy weather, loads of rain, close proximity to river adds up to flooding. Or is it a case of "you should look after me, I have have rights (but not responsibilities), who can I blame regardless of who foots the bill for an enquiry and, most important "WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COMPO". If I had been daft enough to get caught out in this way I would be too embarrassed to shout about it. Marcus Yardley

12:40pm Sat 28 Dec 13

elfinia says...

This site has flooded badly in the not so distant past ( 1995 -ish ? ).
I agree that it is a dangerous site for the elderly.....Please remember that those who purchase a mobile home when they retire do so because that is what they could afford.... wealthier people should not scoff. Some may wrongly think that if the homes are for sale, then they must be safe.
My best wishes go out to all who suffered there.
This site has flooded badly in the not so distant past ( 1995 -ish ? ). I agree that it is a dangerous site for the elderly.....Please remember that those who purchase a mobile home when they retire do so because that is what they could afford.... wealthier people should not scoff. Some may wrongly think that if the homes are for sale, then they must be safe. My best wishes go out to all who suffered there. elfinia

12:52pm Sat 28 Dec 13

elaine191261 says...

After the flood in 1979 the park was offered flood defences from the EA when they did them by my patents house across the river but the then managers refused it ,they were told if they wanted it at a later date they would have to pay for it since then it has new managers. My parents were phoned from the council about 12am that night so they surely must have known by then to tell their residents especially if they know some are bedridden but if you want to buy a home on the edge of the river that has a history of floods they are asking for trouble,none to blame but themselves I'm sorry to say
After the flood in 1979 the park was offered flood defences from the EA when they did them by my patents house across the river but the then managers refused it ,they were told if they wanted it at a later date they would have to pay for it since then it has new managers. My parents were phoned from the council about 12am that night so they surely must have known by then to tell their residents especially if they know some are bedridden but if you want to buy a home on the edge of the river that has a history of floods they are asking for trouble,none to blame but themselves I'm sorry to say elaine191261

12:52pm Sat 28 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

Ask the emergency services and EA for a refund then if you weren't happy!

The echos reporting is a joke 'disaster' - No one died, no one injured bit of flooding doesn't = a disaster!
Ask the emergency services and EA for a refund then if you weren't happy! The echos reporting is a joke 'disaster' - No one died, no one injured bit of flooding doesn't = a disaster! hooplaa

1:52pm Sat 28 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

If you want to open a pub the police and fire sercice are consulted to weigh up the chances of trouble And safety.Would it not be an idea to do likewise when issuelng a licence to a mobile home park.sure the insurance companies do
If you want to open a pub the police and fire sercice are consulted to weigh up the chances of trouble And safety.Would it not be an idea to do likewise when issuelng a licence to a mobile home park.sure the insurance companies do kalebmoledirt

1:53pm Sat 28 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

pete woodley wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought:

Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river.

Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted.
Of course we could ask some of the countries we have been giving money to for ages,to let us have some back,to help with OUR flooding problems.
You mean like the Countries with their own successful Space programmes to whom we still give £Millions in 'poverty relief' financial aid?

It is the season of goodwill, so please don't let us go there for the moment....
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Quite a simple inquiry outcome I would have thought: Emergency services wasting valuable funding and placing themselves in personal danger having to respond every few years to similar well documented flooding beside a large river. Conclusion; Shut the home parks unsuitably located alongside this river and relocate the 'mobile' properties to sites not on a floodplain. Problem and all future difficulties sorted.[/p][/quote]Of course we could ask some of the countries we have been giving money to for ages,to let us have some back,to help with OUR flooding problems.[/p][/quote]You mean like the Countries with their own successful Space programmes to whom we still give £Millions in 'poverty relief' financial aid? It is the season of goodwill, so please don't let us go there for the moment.... muscliffman

1:58pm Sat 28 Dec 13

fireflier says...

So the managers operate a caravan park right next to a suspect river which is liable to flooding. They charge residents a fortune to live there ...... then try and deflect the 'heat' onto someone else when the sight does flood.

What flood defences have they put in place around THEIR caravan park????
So the managers operate a caravan park right next to a suspect river which is liable to flooding. They charge residents a fortune to live there ...... then try and deflect the 'heat' onto someone else when the sight does flood. What flood defences have they put in place around THEIR caravan park???? fireflier

4:13pm Sat 28 Dec 13

GeorgeW64 says...

This is like building homes on the side of an active volcano then blaming someone else when it erupts.
This is like building homes on the side of an active volcano then blaming someone else when it erupts. GeorgeW64

4:15pm Sat 28 Dec 13

ekimnoslen says...

If you chose to live on the banks of a river you can reasonably expect flooding in exceptional circumstances. Why do you expect others to make plans for such contingencies?
Get a grip! Make your own contingency plans.
If you chose to live on the banks of a river you can reasonably expect flooding in exceptional circumstances. Why do you expect others to make plans for such contingencies? Get a grip! Make your own contingency plans. ekimnoslen

4:18pm Sat 28 Dec 13

ekimnoslen says...

.....and should the elderly and bedridden be living In an area where there is a high risk of flooding?
I think not.
.....and should the elderly and bedridden be living In an area where there is a high risk of flooding? I think not. ekimnoslen

4:29pm Sat 28 Dec 13

billez says...

There are very few people who are trained to provide a rescue service in a flood situation. Why should people who aren't trained to handle a situation put their lives at risk for other people? If people were constantly being evacuated when there was a threat of flooding they would soon get fed up and may refuse to leave when the threat is genuine. What we need are more trained people who can help when there is a flood. I am part of Dorset Flood Rescue who are in the process of setting up teams of volunteers who will be properly trained to a National standard. These guys and girls are all from the Beach Lifeguarding groups in the area so already spend a great deal of time and their own money helping to save lives and will need around £1000 each to train in flood rescue techniques, we would also need to equip them at another £1000 per head. All of this will take a long time to achieve as we need the money before we can do any training. If anyone would like to know more please email bill@dorsetfloodresc
ue.org.uk
There are very few people who are trained to provide a rescue service in a flood situation. Why should people who aren't trained to handle a situation put their lives at risk for other people? If people were constantly being evacuated when there was a threat of flooding they would soon get fed up and may refuse to leave when the threat is genuine. What we need are more trained people who can help when there is a flood. I am part of Dorset Flood Rescue who are in the process of setting up teams of volunteers who will be properly trained to a National standard. These guys and girls are all from the Beach Lifeguarding groups in the area so already spend a great deal of time and their own money helping to save lives and will need around £1000 each to train in flood rescue techniques, we would also need to equip them at another £1000 per head. All of this will take a long time to achieve as we need the money before we can do any training. If anyone would like to know more please email bill@dorsetfloodresc ue.org.uk billez

4:46pm Sat 28 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

They look like a right old pair of alterkakers...
They look like a right old pair of alterkakers... O'Reilly

5:05pm Sat 28 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

steelpaul wrote:
This is just the type of attitude that really annoys me, why are they looking to place blame on someone, they were the unfortunate victims of a natural occurance, what they should be doing is thanking the emergency services and all others involved in rescuing everyone from the site. These people disgust me, maybe next time we just leave them there!

Let's be honest here, what they are attempting to do is lay the foundation for a future compensation claim
Yes indeed! However their properly would still have been destroyed if they did earlier. They could sue for a bad night's sleep. I wonder if any insurance company will insure them given the location?
[quote][p][bold]steelpaul[/bold] wrote: This is just the type of attitude that really annoys me, why are they looking to place blame on someone, they were the unfortunate victims of a natural occurance, what they should be doing is thanking the emergency services and all others involved in rescuing everyone from the site. These people disgust me, maybe next time we just leave them there! Let's be honest here, what they are attempting to do is lay the foundation for a future compensation claim[/p][/quote]Yes indeed! However their properly would still have been destroyed if they did earlier. They could sue for a bad night's sleep. I wonder if any insurance company will insure them given the location? HRH of Boscombe

5:17pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Wickendenm says...

I hear the Environment Agency actually informed the site Managers at 9pm the night before that the river was likely to burst the banks - so why oh why were the residents not evacuated then! Seems these relatively new Site Managers don't give a **** about the residents just their revenue! Shocking, how dare they put these peoples lives at risk! I am absolutely disgusted.
I hear the Environment Agency actually informed the site Managers at 9pm the night before that the river was likely to burst the banks - so why oh why were the residents not evacuated then! Seems these relatively new Site Managers don't give a **** about the residents just their revenue! Shocking, how dare they put these peoples lives at risk! I am absolutely disgusted. Wickendenm

7:17pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Ayles 10 says...

What a pair of idiots. Managers are there to manage and make decisions, if you can't stand the heat & all that...........
What a pair of idiots. Managers are there to manage and make decisions, if you can't stand the heat & all that........... Ayles 10

7:30pm Sat 28 Dec 13

BoscombeWarLord says...

Maybe dumb and dumber want the EA inquiry to recommend the building of a Hoover style dam at Iford Bridge or possibly a land reclamation project akin to Palm Island, Dubai.

Might be easier to buy a tide guide and check the weather forecast. Eejits!
Maybe dumb and dumber want the EA inquiry to recommend the building of a Hoover style dam at Iford Bridge or possibly a land reclamation project akin to Palm Island, Dubai. Might be easier to buy a tide guide and check the weather forecast. Eejits! BoscombeWarLord

9:13pm Sat 28 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

The Environment Agency is a Quango.....sucking in Millions and not fit for purpose.
The Environment Agency is a Quango.....sucking in Millions and not fit for purpose. BIGTONE

9:25pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Dr Strangelove says...

So who owns Iford Bridge Home Park? Is it a council owned park or private? If private the owner of the park or land should have an emergency plan in place. It's called disaster planning and is completely responsible for the safety of the residence. The same goes for the council but I would bet they have a disaster plan in place. It would be typical of a private land owner to not have anything in place.
So who owns Iford Bridge Home Park? Is it a council owned park or private? If private the owner of the park or land should have an emergency plan in place. It's called disaster planning and is completely responsible for the safety of the residence. The same goes for the council but I would bet they have a disaster plan in place. It would be typical of a private land owner to not have anything in place. Dr Strangelove

10:20pm Sat 28 Dec 13

elaine191261 says...

Dr Strangelove wrote:
So who owns Iford Bridge Home Park? Is it a council owned park or private? If private the owner of the park or land should have an emergency plan in place. It's called disaster planning and is completely responsible for the safety of the residence. The same goes for the council but I would bet they have a disaster plan in place. It would be typical of a private land owner to not have anything in place.
It's privately owned always has been ,she says herself they are flood wardens and were told 3 days before to be warned of flooding !!! They didn't do their job if they didn't go and check on the bedridden ,I and my parents live by the river ( In houses ) and we've seen the river rising for awhile now so it's been on the cards to happen
[quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: So who owns Iford Bridge Home Park? Is it a council owned park or private? If private the owner of the park or land should have an emergency plan in place. It's called disaster planning and is completely responsible for the safety of the residence. The same goes for the council but I would bet they have a disaster plan in place. It would be typical of a private land owner to not have anything in place.[/p][/quote]It's privately owned always has been ,she says herself they are flood wardens and were told 3 days before to be warned of flooding !!! They didn't do their job if they didn't go and check on the bedridden ,I and my parents live by the river ( In houses ) and we've seen the river rising for awhile now so it's been on the cards to happen elaine191261

11:07pm Sat 28 Dec 13

anigel says...

Perhaps their site should be evacuated permanently and shut down as a safety hazard.
Perhaps their site should be evacuated permanently and shut down as a safety hazard. anigel

11:19pm Sat 28 Dec 13

lynnren says...

Wickendenm wrote:
I hear the Environment Agency actually informed the site Managers at 9pm the night before that the river was likely to burst the banks - so why oh why were the residents not evacuated then! Seems these relatively new Site Managers don't give a **** about the residents just their revenue! Shocking, how dare they put these peoples lives at risk! I am absolutely disgusted.
ken maybe thought as its an over 55 s site they will be fast asleep ,apparently they knew before then, on returning my relative her friends had no idea where she was ,after leaving the day center in boscombe . and he is not the owner ,
[quote][p][bold]Wickendenm[/bold] wrote: I hear the Environment Agency actually informed the site Managers at 9pm the night before that the river was likely to burst the banks - so why oh why were the residents not evacuated then! Seems these relatively new Site Managers don't give a **** about the residents just their revenue! Shocking, how dare they put these peoples lives at risk! I am absolutely disgusted.[/p][/quote]ken maybe thought as its an over 55 s site they will be fast asleep ,apparently they knew before then, on returning my relative her friends had no idea where she was ,after leaving the day center in boscombe . and he is not the owner , lynnren

11:50pm Sat 28 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Yeah, thanks for that lynnren too much sherry. Overall though
Yeah, thanks for that lynnren too much sherry. Overall though whataboutthat

11:53pm Sat 28 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

cont: not a bad stab at the language. I would say the 'don't plug the Dyson in love' comment was the best so far. Pip pip.
cont: not a bad stab at the language. I would say the 'don't plug the Dyson in love' comment was the best so far. Pip pip. whataboutthat

11:55pm Sat 28 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Meanwhile, in the interview, she seems to wear the trousers and she should have sent him off to deal with the phone while she could get on with her chapter and verse. Yawn.
Meanwhile, in the interview, she seems to wear the trousers and she should have sent him off to deal with the phone while she could get on with her chapter and verse. Yawn. whataboutthat

11:56pm Sat 28 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

It's a cruel world in the comments section of the Echo website my park- keeping friends...glug, splutter...
It's a cruel world in the comments section of the Echo website my park- keeping friends...glug, splutter... whataboutthat

10:14am Sun 29 Dec 13

skydriver says...

This story has been running now for a couple of days, and with several hundred , not too supportive comments, it would be a good idea if these managers who want an inquiry into their stupidity, commented, or have they seen there is no support for their cause and decided to resign, and leave it to people who can cope with an incident when it arises.
This story has been running now for a couple of days, and with several hundred , not too supportive comments, it would be a good idea if these managers who want an inquiry into their stupidity, commented, or have they seen there is no support for their cause and decided to resign, and leave it to people who can cope with an incident when it arises. skydriver

3:44pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Lucky Rich says...

Well one things for sure,judging by the comments just on here they haven't done themselves any favors by moaning as they did , things could of been so different if they had said thank you to every one instead ,
Well one things for sure,judging by the comments just on here they haven't done themselves any favors by moaning as they did , things could of been so different if they had said thank you to every one instead , Lucky Rich

5:23pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Tictock says...

It would be helpful and informative if the Echo via reporter Jenny Awford could keep an eye on this inquiry claim and advise the public , seeing the quantity and quality of the comments on this article?
It would be helpful and informative if the Echo via reporter Jenny Awford could keep an eye on this inquiry claim and advise the public , seeing the quantity and quality of the comments on this article? Tictock

5:44pm Sun 29 Dec 13

beakey says...

typical cant get the proper staff nowadays but remember a bad workman always blames his tools. Why did the managers not do their job that they are paid to do or are they only paid half money to do a cut price job. Anyone in need of a second hand submarine only 1 careful owner all joking aside thanks to the emergency services all survived
typical cant get the proper staff nowadays but remember a bad workman always blames his tools. Why did the managers not do their job that they are paid to do or are they only paid half money to do a cut price job. Anyone in need of a second hand submarine only 1 careful owner all joking aside thanks to the emergency services all survived beakey

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