Mama Mia!

Torrential rain has caused widespread flooding across Northern Ireland this weekend. In Belfast, the newly-constructed Broadway Underpass between the M1 & M2 Motorways was flooded to a level of 15 feet yesterday and a section of the central barrier of the Westlink in west Belfast was cut with angle-grinders to allow traffic to be turned away from deep flood water.

The picture above is not a swimming pool It is the entrance to the new Broadway underpass courtesy of the BBC.

The underpass, recently opened, is part of a major contract to upgrade the roadways in Belfast. This work no doubt carried out at enormous expense, with all the expertise, knowledge and modern technology available to deal with drainage etc yet it is unable to take the rains. I wrote the other day about my escapades during the flooding in Dublin last Saturday. Again modern roads with inadequate drainage. Why? How can it happen?

The Fire Service was inundated with calls to help people from their homes in Belfast, Counties Down, Armagh and Antrim. NI Water Dept had 2,700 calls in the afternoon.

It is at times like these that I am glad to live on a hill. Looking out the windows at the back of my bungalow, the fields way below were submerged in water giving the impression I had moved to Venice.

My thoughts turned to building an Ark! Being so high I might actually have it finished before the flood reached me.

Now for the dilemma……


I need your help….


What to take two by two into the ark?

Suggestions on a postcard please!

UPDATE:  Can the problem be solved?  Reading Alan’s Blog post I am beginning to wonder!

21 thoughts on “Mama Mia!

  1. The Toyboys went in two by two, Hurrah, Hurrah
    The Toyboys went in two by two
    The Toyboys and our Grannymar too
    And they all went into the ark
    Just to get out of the rain (yeah right) 😆

  2. Grannymar I take it you got rid of all your ‘A Grannymar Toyboy’ badges and this is your latest project building an ark to put them all in.

  3. The water level’s much the same as last night. I hear there’s more rain on the way tomorrow. I’m fortunate to be living on a slight hill so I’m in no danger of being flooded out.

  4. Grannymar,

    Is it this bad yet?

    It had been raining for days and days, and a terrible flood had come over the land. The waters rose so high that one man was forced to climb onto the roof of his house.

    As the waters rose higher and higher, a man in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. “No,” replied the man on the roof. “I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me.” So the man in the rowboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.

    The waters rose higher and higher, and suddenly a speedboat appeared. “Climb in!” shouted a man in the boat. “No,” replied the man on the roof. “I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me.” So the man in the speedboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.

    The waters continued to rise. A helicopter appeared and over the loudspeaker, the pilot announced he would lower a rope to the man on the roof. “No,” replied the man on the roof. “I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me.” So the helicopter went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.

    The waters rose higher and higher, and eventually they rose so high that the man on the roof was washed away, and alas, the poor man drowned.

    Upon arriving in heaven, the man marched straight over to God. “Heavenly Father,” he said, “I had faith in you, I prayed to you to save me, and yet you did nothing. Why?” God gave him a puzzled look, and replied “I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

  5. Yes, and all we do every day is drag hoses around to get a little water on our garden so it won’t die.

    We really need rain. There is a Hurricane in the Caribbean today headed for Florida and we may get the tail end of that rain if the storm stays together. Then there is always the chance that,like you, we will get too much of a good thing and we also end up with flooding.

    I have been through that more than once. Droughts are much scarier than floods but floods are much messier and more disastrous.

  6. Regarding the flooding of this weekend (17th August 2008) It is obvious what went wrong.
    The builders had the plans upside down when the built the thing.
    This is the only possible excuse, since 55 years ago the dogs in the street in Belfast knew that the Bog Meadows flooded uncontrollably several times a year, & that the runoff was impossible to control, and this was before they built the Boucher Road complex which effectiv ley removed 95% of Belfast’s floodplain.
    As things are now, in the event of a flood, if you start the pumps, the water may only be pumped round in circles, because it has nowhere to go in such conditions.
    Yes. the only possible answer is that the builder were intending to build a flyover, but they had the plans upside down.

  7. Hello Michael and welcome,

    Your explaination sounds about right! Do you think the plans were Australian?

  8. You would think with as much as it rains in Ireland they’d have had the drainage thing thought out, no?

    We’re bracing for a potential hurricane here, so t’will be soggy in these parts soon, too.

  9. You should create a grading system for toyboys. Grad A, Level 1 (2×2), Grade A, Level 2 (2×2), and so on. That way you can categorise them for easy retrieval later on. And, you can put the Grade D one’s in the leaky bowels of the ship! 😉

    Everyone has been going on about flooding and rightly so. Did all of the new construction, road and otherwise, play a part in the flooding?

  10. JD

    Michael’s comment above has a real ring of truth to it!

    As to the grading… it might cause a war!

  11. Round here we’re told the water table is lowered because of all the tarmac and concrete on roads and gardens…..just wait until a real flood hits London…. then the government will try(too late?) to do something.

    I just don’t know what can be done….

  12. I think they should just keep the water in the underpass and open the world’s (or at least Ireland’s) largest swimming pool 🙂

  13. ChrisD

    There were at least five cars in there. I hope they don’t find any bodies in them when the water goes down.

    15-20 feet of water being reduced by 6 inches an hour, I reckon it could take about 40 hours to clear it. AND the rain is on again!

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