Surge Horror. Hutton safe*.
When its not the BBC Blether Centre terrifying the living daylights out of us with Severe Weather Warnings-maps covered in blazing red promising disruption and carnage on the roads should you dare to step outside, its the Environment Agency, borrowing the language of George W Bush predicting a massive 'surge' not in Baghdad but in our own dear North Sea. Huge walls of water varying from 18 inches above normal (Junior Agency Spokesman, Paisley jersey and dirty sneakers)) to 10 feet (very senior EA guy with expensive mac and brown wellies) roaring down the coast devouring the unwary and wiping out East Anglia as winds roared and tides rose to heights not seen since the Coronation. Never mind East Anglia and the other bits that stick out the whole East Coast was threatened (surprisingly no mention of Lindisfarne,perhaps that was evacuated or sunk earlier) No mention of Hutton either. We are only 6 miles from the north sea and vulnerable to flooding in the Whiteadder gorge (only a mere 100 feet below the centre of the village) but no doubt SEPA made sure that the Whiteadder Dam had a couple of extra barriers in place so some of us could sleep with easy consciences. Not all of us possibly as Hutton Think Tank aided by Fishwick Special Branch personnel had Plan C : Evacuation Code Word Reassurance
in operation whereby The Trauma Team went around the community at 2am, knocking on doors to tell people
to stay where they were (Op. Noah's Arc Revised Two-on hold
Only a handful of casualties have been reported as result of this exercise. And a bit like East Anglia, Hutton is
still there. (When I last checked)
People in Kent however are advised to remain vigilant.
* So far
(The image is a computer generated mock up of Hutton Main street following a failure in the Whiteadder Barrier)
Labels: BBC Blether Centre, Environmental Agency, Fishwick Special Branch, Hutton Think Tank, Surge