Right...........................Let's get some perspective, shall we?
I am based in the TAC in Gloucester on Eastern Avenue.
At approximately 03:30 hours on Monday 23rd July, 103 assorted Navy personnel descended on this Grade 1 listed TA Centre. They were accompanied by a
Master Chef and 4 little helpers.
They had 10 man rat packs, shed loads of botttled water but - no sleeping bags, no roll mats, no waders and no change of clothing.
Later that morning about 50 Gurkhas from the Demonstration Battalion at Brecon tipped up in brand spanking new Land Rover Discoveries. (Nice mota if
ya can git one!)
Total so far, 157 all ranks - excluding TAC Staff and myself. The RAF were supposed to be at my locstat but - allegedly
, they took one look at
the task, got back into their Chinook, and flew back to where they'd come from. Not confirmed yet but......................
At present, their are three 'Commands'. 'Gold' is situated at Waterwells in Quedgeley, 'Silver' is the mobile CP, whilst 'Bronze' is the O i/c
with the troops on the ground.
As to whether or not 'Gold' has a Chinook as an air asset, I can confirm that rumour control confirms that they indeed have one, and Yes Stu, there
is most definately a huge gennie en route. En route to where, and where from, nobody quite knows for sure.
The Royal Marine Advance Party arrived on site yesterday morning and said,
That'll do nicely
, then promptly turned their Squibby
noses up at our site and went to the DOG at South Cerney, a further 21 miles from the floods. which proves, to me at least, that Marines and freezing
cold water don't mix!
Gurkins bomb-bursted back to Brecon Tuesday at about 14:30 hours with the Navy going back to Plymouth, and their Rear Party left at 20:30 hours.
The Navy has done a splendid job saving the sub station at Walham but then they would, because it's a SUB
Not too sure what the Army has done about the floods but I suppose when the Politicos talk about the Army, they are referring to the Armed Forces in
It has taken 2 days to clear up the mess. We have no water other than bottled for drinking and bowser water (yukk!:mad
for flushing the loos with.
(That in itself is a major problem. We have 4 toilets that are backed up because there is insufficient water to flash doo-doo away down into the
On a personal level, I have not been able to take a shower since Sunday and am getting pretty
ripe, unlike my Lady and her mate who managed to
scrounge a shower in a married quarter at RAF Brize Norton.
Despite very heavy rain this morning in Gloucester, the floodwater is receeding (much like my hair) and hopefully, all roads, rail and air links will
be restored in the next 2 weeks, just in time for the next Postal strike and perhaps we will get potable water.
You can tell that the Great Flood of 2007 is no longer newsworthy because those in the 'Networks' are now concentrating on Oxford and Reading.
With regards to the Thames, well, I've never seen the weir at Pangborne look so nasty, apart from when the Vikings landed. There has always been a
bloody impressive 'stopper' there, but the water level was so high, you couldn't see it and Marlow looked pretty grim too.
Not as grim as Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcestershire but hey! On the bright side, Mr Brown has promised our area a fair share of £40M flood
relief and yes! The cheque's in the post, and he's promised he won't come...............................