Environment Agency 'Build a snowman' advice to stave off flooding

News Shopper: Environment Agency 'Build a snowman' advice to stave off flooding. Picture by Anthony Kemp Environment Agency 'Build a snowman' advice to stave off flooding. Picture by Anthony Kemp

AN ARMY of snowmen could be the key to preventing homes from flooding when the snow and ice melts, it has been reported.

Mild air is set to come in over the weekend and lift temperatures to a high of around 10C on Sunday, according to Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

Rain crossing the country, coupled with melting snow could potentially cause minor localised flooding, the Environment Agency said.

It brought advice from the Agency that people should keep building snowmen, as the compacted structures stay cold for longer and could help regulate the flow of water.

Roy Stokes, from the Agency, was reported as saying: "Ideally, if everybody built themselves a snowman that will slow the thaw down a bit.

"If you notice, when people clear their drive the snow thaws away but the compacted piles stay which will give a balanced thaw, which would be helpful."

A spokeswoman later said that building a snowman would have a limited impact on the rate of thawing.

"When snow is compacted, as it is when you build a snowman or drive over it in a car park for example, it melts at a slower rate," she said.

"But while building snowmen is great fun, sadly it is unlikely to make a significant difference to the overall rate at which the snow melts across the country and won't protect your home from flooding."

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9:41am Thu 24 Jan 13

Indigenous Pensioner says...

RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.
RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you. Indigenous Pensioner

10:16am Thu 24 Jan 13

reptiles says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.
your obviously lucky enough NOT to live in an area that floods regularly with the severe weather we have had over the last yr. Just because you don't need advice- others might! the 50's was a heck of a long time ago and people have been flooded more than once within a very short time period. If you have not been flooded since 50's then your darn lucky!
You can't think on your feet in you have 2ft of flood waters in your house and your home insurance does not cover it - not many cover for floods or 2acts of god" as they put it.
Get real pal!!
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.[/p][/quote]your obviously lucky enough NOT to live in an area that floods regularly with the severe weather we have had over the last yr. Just because you don't need advice- others might! the 50's was a heck of a long time ago and people have been flooded more than once within a very short time period. If you have not been flooded since 50's then your darn lucky! You can't think on your feet in you have 2ft of flood waters in your house and your home insurance does not cover it - not many cover for floods or 2acts of god" as they put it. Get real pal!! reptiles

10:27am Thu 24 Jan 13

the wall says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.
Yeah right:

Lynmouth flood of 1952 — 34 people were killed, with a further 420 made homeless. Over 100 buildings were destroyed.
Canvey Island floods of 1953 - 58 people were killed and many properties damaged, with 13,000 islanders evacuated. Survivors were temporarily housed in the newly built and as yet unused King John comprehensive school in nearby Hadleigh.
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.[/p][/quote]Yeah right: Lynmouth flood of 1952 — 34 people were killed, with a further 420 made homeless. Over 100 buildings were destroyed. Canvey Island floods of 1953 - 58 people were killed and many properties damaged, with 13,000 islanders evacuated. Survivors were temporarily housed in the newly built and as yet unused King John comprehensive school in nearby Hadleigh. the wall

11:00am Thu 24 Jan 13

Only_me!! says...

What aload of old pony
What aload of old pony Only_me!!

1:55pm Thu 24 Jan 13

PaulErith says...

"An army of snowmen" sounds like a good idea for a Doctor Who episisode!
"An army of snowmen" sounds like a good idea for a Doctor Who episisode! PaulErith

1:58pm Thu 24 Jan 13

PaulErith says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.
Ridiculous comment.
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.[/p][/quote]Ridiculous comment. PaulErith

5:23pm Thu 24 Jan 13

tonynewshopper says...

I dont care about anyones comments !!
but dont you all think my snowman
is excellent lol , thanks news shopper
for using our picture :)
I dont care about anyones comments !! but dont you all think my snowman is excellent lol , thanks news shopper for using our picture :) tonynewshopper

8:19am Fri 25 Jan 13

Tip-Top says...

tonynewshopper wrote:
I dont care about anyones comments !! but dont you all think my snowman is excellent lol , thanks news shopper for using our picture :)
Your snowman is going bald!!! Shame on you!!!
[quote][p][bold]tonynewshopper[/bold] wrote: I dont care about anyones comments !! but dont you all think my snowman is excellent lol , thanks news shopper for using our picture :)[/p][/quote]Your snowman is going bald!!! Shame on you!!! Tip-Top

10:00am Fri 25 Jan 13

miss rumble tumble says...

Indigenous Pensioner wrote:
RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.
good comment keep it up hero!
[quote][p][bold]Indigenous Pensioner[/bold] wrote: RIdiculous claim we dont want or need advice we know h ow to protect our self from floo ds we did it in the 50is british poeple can think on there feet.Thank you.[/p][/quote]good comment keep it up hero! miss rumble tumble

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