Update on Flooding 2

By Gabs
@gabs8513 (48708)
United Kingdom
June 28, 2007 3:17am CST
I have just heard from Mel They are on Alert for Evacuation as the Village next to them which is only a 10 minute walk is still rising which means it is going to hit them There is no rain at the moment but the River Dom apparently has burst The thing is Mel had me in tears as she will refuse to leave the Cats and I have to admit I would to but that is me, she is not suppose to do that if I was there with her that would be different but she will be alone But she won't listen to Mum lol, she is determent to stay with the Cats, I can't tell her of as I would do the same but I will be worried sick about her and I think my Phone Bill will go through the roof but I don't care That is all so far so please keep my Babies in your Thoughts Thank you
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@rhinoboy (2129)
28 Jun 07
I'm hoping that the rain holds off for you hun.x On a serious note, I like animals as much as the next man. I know your daughter must be crazy about her pets if she's anything like you. I have to reason, though, that there comes a point where you have to say (or rather think) "f**k the cats - I'm off". No matter how much you love them, no animal is worth risking your life for. Tell her to get out the cat-carriers and have them ready upstairs with food/water etc. They'll be ok in there for several days if necessary. People are staying remarkably calm in the situation, but if the emergency services decide to evacuate people from their homes, they're not p!ssing about! it would be really sad if something were to happen to her cats, but does that even compare to something happening to her?
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
I have tried telling her Rhino she won't listen but I think my Friends over the road to them will make her go they have known her all her Life so I hope they will make her go with them
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@rhinoboy (2129)
28 Jun 07
I just re-read my reply and it sounds really awful! I hope you weren't offended by it. I just meant that sentimentality is well and good, but some things are too serious to mess about with. Perhaps you could speak to those good neighbours and ask them to talk some sense into her? I doubt that the water would reach upstairs in her house, but there is a serious risk of building collapse if it gets really deep and the flow is strong. If she has the opportunity to escape before the water reaches the house, she should take it.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
On no I wasn't Rhino at the moment they are still ok and my Son won't leave her neither will his Partner they said if that is the case they will all stay I have just come of the Phone to them they have moved everything upostairs and are now sitting upstairs
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@Darkwing (21586)
28 Jun 07
As I have told Mel in my discussion, Gabs, the cats will fend for themselves. They won't stay where there's danger, and drown. They'll go higher and avoid the water as much as they can, so if she's told to evacuate, she must do so. As long as the cats have food and the upstairs doors are open, they will be fine, and it really shouldn't last so long that they will starve. However, water is dangerous for humans, especially when it gushes from a river and funnels down streets with a strong swirling current. If they get caught in a confined space, like a room of the house, in swirling water which is rising very fast, it's difficult to keep one's strength going long enough to find a way out. So in that vein, I hope she does as she's told to, unlike those in New Orleans who didn't heed the warnings. Brightest Blessings, my friend. The kids will remain in my thoughts, as will all the others in the country who are suffering from this adverse weather. My candle is burning for them. xx
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
She won't listen to me I can't get her to go if she has to so I am phoning their Mobs to check on things
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@Darkwing (21586)
29 Jun 07
Mel sent me a text and it seems they're fairly well set-up with sandbags and stuff. She doesn't seem over worried about the situation at the moment. Take care and don't worry... they'll be fine. They're sensible and grown up, and it seems to me that they're calm, and coping with things. xx
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@rainbow (6762)
28 Jun 07
Oh dear, I wouldn't leave my fur babies for anything either, at least it's a house so she can get upstairs if things do get desperate. Let's hope they can sort the River out before it gets to her. You know in your heart she's doing what she thinks is best for her animals and there's nothing wring with caring for others after all.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
I know she is Sweet but I am lost and Helpless here I would have done it but she is my Daughter I don't want her to get hurt it is different if it was me she is still so young The Rivers have burst so I am just waiting to hear
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@rainbow (6762)
29 Jun 07
Let me know how they get on please, thinking of you all!
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh Gabs I am so sorry to hear of this. But I know I would do the same thing and not want to leave my animals. I see that someone else suggested a box to put the cats in. I was thinking the same thing. I hope she can find something to carry the cats in. I will keep you all in my thoughts and I will be hoping for the best. Hugs.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Yes but she is not aloud to take them that is what makes it worse but I will be phoning her all the time believe me I am so scared for them I know some People think it is not a big Deal but it is when you don't know and you are not close to your Babies yes they are Adults but they are my Babies and I should be there protecting them and I am not I feel I am failing them I can't do anything
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@petspets (476)
• Antarctica
28 Jun 07
HUGS. Your babies are in my heart and thoughts. I was at Mel's discussion and suggested getting large cardboard boxes from the grocer, fruiterer or supermarket to keep the cats in. The cats will have to be leashed with something to prevent them from running away when the boxes are opened. I can't think of anything else right now except to remember them in my prayers.Hugs again.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
She is not aloud to take them Pets
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@petspets (476)
• Antarctica
29 Jun 07
HUGS. I got up a while ago after my usual sleep which is interrupted by menopausal flashes, average five times a night, and kept Mel and Co in my waking moments. You are in my heart and prayers, too. Love to you. I'll worry with you. Comforting hugs to you. This is what I just read on Doncaster Free Press. http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/free-press-news?articleid/=2991035
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@petspets (476)
• Antarctica
29 Jun 07
Please look for Major Flood Op In Bentley. The link is to go to the above title but opens to that contents page.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
28 Jun 07
O gabs you know they will be uin my prayers and thought. And as I told yoo and her build some boxes for them and get out of there. I know you , you wouldnt leave either just hope it dont raise much more that the army makes her leave maybe they can get the cats too. hugs and luvs
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Well I just hope it all turns out ok I really do so far still the same as this morning but they are expecting down pours
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
28 Jun 07
darn it I hope not!But then you know your weather beteer than me so I guess it will happen but we will hope it dont hugs hugs hugs
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 07
It has risen more seen it on the news this morning not looking good more heavy rain expected
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@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh no Gabs I hope Mel will okay. They cant take the cats with them? I would do the same thing. Have some faith and I will pray tht she will be okay. Try not to stress out. And keep us informed.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Terry I am trying not to but it is so hard I have to force myself to eat at the moment because when I get worried and Stressed I can't eat but I am forcing it or I will end up loosing all that weight again and I can't
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@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Gabs Im the same way just get something in your stomach sweetie. Its going to okay. Love and hugs to you.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
I am even though it is hard
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@weemam (13377)
28 Jun 07
we wouldn't be mums if we didn't care pal , I answered Mels discussion earlier , so she made it home from work then , Is she not in an upstairs flat pal , she is stubborn just like her MUM lol , I would be like you pal , never mind the phone bill just you keep talking to her , it will help you both pal , keep us updated please , I will keep them in my prayers sweetheart xx
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
No Weemam they are in a House but they have managed to get the Cats in now It is so hard not to cry when I speak to her I feel so useless here I really do they are telling me of for worrying so much as they are scared I will make myself Ill again but I feel I am letting them down that I should be there with them
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@weemam (13377)
28 Jun 07
I know you will be so woried and so do they , but they also know there is know way you can get to them and if you even tried they would just have more to worry about , I would immagine they will have themselves all prepared for any eventuality pal , at least you have the phone and you can keep in touch all the time , You will all be in my prayers tonight sweetheart xx
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
I know Weemam and thank you it is just so hard xxxxxxx
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@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Gabs, I am keeping your family in my prayers. I have read most of all of the responses. Most of the time, I try to cheer you up with silly jokes and comments but this is a very serious situation your daughter is in. So all jokes aside......since her husband and his friend have choosent to remain with your daughter and your daughter has choosen to remain with the cats.....Then they should all be prepared for the absolute worse. They should have a small boat available. It does not have to be fancy. Just big enough for the three of them and the cat carrier. They have to stay above the water. There is a very real possibility of houses collapsing when the foundations are under water. So going upstairs is not always the best choice. Encourage the three of them to have other options available. Why have they not put the cats in the car and driven to higher ground??? The roads might be cut off in some places but there has to be some higher ground they could go to. I do hope the rivers will start receding soon so they get as high as your daughter's home. God Bless and watch over your family. xxoo
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Sweetie its my Son Daughter and my Sons Fiancee Mel is not married it is just so worrying as I am here and can't do anything but thank you Dear Friend for keeping them in your Prayers I am in constant contact with them
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• United States
28 Jun 07
See!!! I knew there were three of them and the cats. LOL I just had the order of relationship all messed up. At least you know my heart was in the right place. :)
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Lol yes I did Sweetie and you know that I really appreciate you
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Prayers and well wishes going out to you and your loved ones also. I feel bad about all this flooding all over the world this past week. God bless and remember to take care of yourself also in these trying times. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 07
Grandpa Bob thank you so much for popping in here and sending me these Wishes I really appreciate it Thank you
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Anytime at all.
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh it must be horrible for you. If only she would just take the cats and leave. I will be keeping the whole area in my thoughts and prayers.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thank you Sweetie I really appreciate it It is terrible but I have the feeling that I might woke up in the night to be told that it has happened but I don't know I am still hoping it won't
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh those sleepless nights - I went through that after 9/11 I knew my son in the Air Force would be going someplace but no idea when or where. Then when he did go I watched the news 24 hours a day for 4 days - I was a zombie.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
29 Jun 07
What is going on in your part of the world sounds as horrific as what happened here with the Katrina incident...people were forced to evacuate and leave their pets behind....some, like Mel decided to tough it out as they didn't want to leave their pets...these people turned out in many ways the winners...it would turn out that they remained safe and their pets...The ones who evacuated leaving the pets behind was another story...this was a few years ago mind you...many of the abandoned pets were rescued, but then shipped all over the country to shelters that would take them--people are STILL trying to find their pets... I probably did what might have been considered a very foolish thing--years and years ago, there was a bad fire in the building next door but part of our complex....it was an electrical fire and there was danger of it starting off elsewhere...we were told to evacuate the building...well I did evacuate leaving my kitties behind...but...when no one was paying attention (and there are advantages of being short and thin..can duck better..LOL) I snuck back into the building!! If anything my rational was if the fire did spread I could somehow take measures to try to get my kitties out---So your friend Mel is in danger of water floods...me..I could've risked being toasted!!! But my babies came first. What we do for our children...no?? Please keep us up-dated!!!...and I'll send a lot of prayers for Mel and her kitties safety
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 07
I would do the same as Mel is doing but I am so scared for her at the moment all I know is that it has risen more I have not heard from the Kids yet but it is still early
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Your babies are in my prayers, my friend, and have been since I knew there was a threat.....I can understand both sides of this one....but it would be difficult to go through anyway.... My thoughts are also with you and Gissi....I know what worrying about your children can do to you....take care of yourselves.... Today is difficult for many, I fear....**Hugz**
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thank you Sweetie and helps me to know that all my Friends are in this with me
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
28 Jun 07
Oh Gabs I am so worried about your family. I am praying for them and really hope they can get out cats and all.
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thank you Sweetie if anything happens to them I will never forgive myself I feel so useless here I know my Mum is right the Kids are strong enough to get out I am not but that is not the point I put them in this world and I should be there to make sure they are ok
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• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh my goodness when it rains it pours you have had more than your share of problems Gabs. I will be praying for you and yours. Hopefully your daughter will be in a high spot and no water will get into her home. If she floods the tele lines may go down which will be scarey for you unless she has a cell phone. The cats can fend for themselves, why can't she put them in a crate or box and take them with her to where ever she goes? There must be some kind of shelter she can board them in to keep them safe if she gets evacuated. Poor girl to have to leave her loved ones what a hard decision. Could you leave Gissi, I do not think I could leave Petie, or Sammie. I know Abigail would be OK but not the other two. Sammie has strickly been an indoor cat until we moved here in town and she has no front claws, where Abigail has been both indoor and out door all her life I think and she has claws. I pray everyone of the will be safe and dry.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thats what I am saying I would not left them either but I am scared for as she would be alone but I don't think that my Son and his Partner are willing to leave her and the Cats either Both my Kids have the great Love for our Pets like I do so no I do not blame her but I am scared
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
28 Jun 07
First of all,a big hug for you my friend.I think Mel will do the right thing if things get bad.I can understand how she feels though,I think I would stay to save my pets too.But if things get dangerous I think she will go to higher ground.Take care my friend and your babies are in my prayers!
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thank you Sweetie
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@banta78 (4330)
• India
28 Jun 07
Hello Gabs, I just hope mel is safe with her cats. If there is fear of flooding i think mel should take her cats and leave the house till weather clears up and threat of floods decrease as you say nearby villages is already flooded. I think she should come to your place or take shelter at friends or relatives house for soemtime. I will keep your babies in my thoughts. I do agree that you would naturally be concerned. Have faith in god and in yourselves. Hopefully things will get better. :)
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
She would not be able to get here no one can get into the Place and no one can get out As you know I live 3 1/2 hours away so it is not possible and I feel so useless here
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@ESKARENA1 (18296)
28 Jun 07
My thoughts are with your family. I know how bad it is, The Don has indeed burst its banks and whats more so did the rivers Derne and Calder. For me this has made getting in and out of work difficult, particularly with Wakefield station closing yesterday. I have also heard that we are to have more rain over the weekend, will it ever end?
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Yes and the water in Toll bar is still rising they have now moved everything upstairs
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• United States
28 Jun 07
OMG I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she is ok. Julie/Lilac54
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@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
28 Jun 07
Thank you Sweetie
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• Canada
30 Jun 07
Gabs do you mind ne asking why they can`t take the cats with them ??? I don`t like the sounds of this not only for your family but also the cats ... I don`t know how to comfort you , as I know it probwbly won`t help , but cats are replaceable , and they can swim eventhough we as people don`t believe it they will and then climb the nearest tree ... Our family had cats that we thought we lost forever due to going down rivers but they did come back , if they are ok they will come home , they know where they live ... I URGE YOU TO GET THEM OUT OF THERE , The cats are nothing unless they get out of there ... I know what you mean , but if its that dangerous , just find high ground and hopefully the kitties will find a big tree and wait ... I don`t know how else to help you through this at the moment , All I know is you and your family are in my Prayers .... I will never forget about you or your kids , they deserve life more than the kitties , their harder to replace than family ..... God Bless Gabs , hang in there ........ My prayers are with you all .......
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
30 Jun 07
Thank you Kitty I am a bit calmer as so far the rain they are expecting has not happened and they have worked 24 hours around the Clock to make Sandbags for Doncaster so if the Rain stays away it should be ok The reason they can't there are for of them and they have nothing to transport them in
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• Canada
18 Jul 07
Sorry I took so long to respond I`ve been busy , I am so happy for you that everything is ok ... I am happy to be back though , I am so happy for you ... Thanx for letting me know they are all OK ... Have a nice evening ...