Flooding in UK

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Bill Connelly

Guest
David,

Been seeing lots of Noahesque scenes of LOTS of heavily flooded English
towns here on CNN in Germany. Are you and yours all OK and keeping
reasonably dry over there? Some of those Midlands towns are looking a
lot like Venice during a gondoliers strike. Sweet Jeebus...

And while I'm in a euro frame of mind, being in Germany and all, here's
a message for any of our German Amphicar Club Berlin e.V. friends who
watch this List:

Ich werde bis 11. August f?r die Arbeit hier in Bad Arolsen in Hessen
sein. Falls Deutsche Amphifreunde relativ hier in der N?he wohnten, und
mit diesem Ami Amphi Liebhaber zusammen ?ber's Wochenende treffen mag,
ruf' mich bitte mal hier im Schlo? Hotel an: 05691/808-0, Zimmer 336.
Ich wurde mich dar?ber tierisch freuen! Viele von euch habe ich schon
in Celina vor mehrere Jahren (2001?) kennengelernt.

K??chen,
Der Bilgey
 
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David Chapman

Guest
<table bgColor="#ffffff" background="">
<font face="Arial" size="2">> Are you and yours all OK and keeping reasonably dry over there? </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Phew - where to start... On Thursday and Friday we had almost a foot of rain - tropical non stop, almost all roads closed, literally thousands of people stranded and sleeping in cars and their workplaces. On a personal level my 11 year old was on his way back from a school trip and spent 12 hours stuck on a motorway before arriving ata high school that was turned in to an emergency centre. The school itself was also cut off from the town it serves. This was around midnight on Friday. My sons friend is a diabetic and he was running out of insulin. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar to the rescue - Needed to travel about 12 miles but many of the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles. In some cases the water was so deep the vehicles that got stuck early on were submerged - and it was dark and still raining. Also some of the vehicles were semi-floating - I will never forget the image of squeezing past a part submerged XC90 with wipers going and alarm screaming that suddenly moved....</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">At one point I went past the local gas station which was under about 6 feet of water and Amphi headlights were reflecting off the petrol and oil floating on the surface. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Anyway just after midnight we arrived at the school and were able to give my friends son his insulin. But the school had two loaves of bread and halfa pint of milk and almost two hundred schoolchildren who hadn't eaten for more than 12 hours. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">We rang the supermarket the other side of town, the water had come up so fast the manager, staff and 50 or so customers were all trapped. They were happy to supply what we needed but transport - well only Amphicar would do as to reach there involved flood water 6 foot deep but with a bit of dry road in the middle. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Through the night I made a number of trips there to bring bread, milk and other supplies back to the school so the children could have breakfast. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">After the flash floods of Friday the water reached the rivers and up they came so Saturday and today the rescues continued. A very pregnant lady enjoyed her first Amphi ride to a house where an ambulance could reach her. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">It's now getting worse. There are 3 roads in to our town (Upton upon Severn) One is now too deep for Amphicar, it was OK earlier as the wheels were still on the ground but there is a serious cross current (estimate well over 10mph) that even the inflatable boats struggle with and now it's deeper it's no good for Amphi. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">The bridge on the road I've been using has now been closed as cracks have appeared, a major bridge in a nearby town has collapsed as the water has washed away the foundations. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">The other way in is OK but almost 2 miles of road are floaded to floating depth so it takesa long time. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">It gets worse, the local water treatment works is now underwater and the pumps have been turned offso the taps are running dry, and the services aretrying to stop the water reaching the electricity substation and taking out power for about 250,000 homes. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">It has now stopped raining so hopefully it won't get much worse but will takea long time for things to get back to normal. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">We are fine, our house is on top of the hill so dry, we have plenty of food and water and we havea generator and fuel. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar may be out again tomorrow but the Army and all the other rescue services arrived in force today with there own amphibians (argocats) so less need for me now. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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mstrug@juno.com

Guest
Hi Dave: Good work! Sounds like a good article for Wheels and Waves Newsletter. Get any pics during the epic? That would be cool too. Amphigr66n.
 
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Amphipoda

Guest
David,

That has to be the most thrilling Amphicar story I've
ever read! I hope it makes it into the IAOC newsletter.
Amphi to the rescue... a truely awesome tale of life
saving measures by you in an Amphicar. Here's hoping
the waters receed and life returns to normal soon.
Best wishes to you and family David, and thanks for
sharing. Please do keep us updated.

Amphipoda
'64 Trquoise
San Diego, CA


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@...>
wrote:
>
> > Are you and yours all OK and keeping reasonably dry over there?
>
> Phew - where to start... On Thursday and Friday we had almost a
foot of rain - tropical non stop, almost all roads closed, literally
thousands of people stranded and sleeping in cars and their
workplaces. On a personal level my 11 year old was on his way back
from a school trip and spent 12 hours stuck on a motorway before
arriving at a high school that was turned in to an emergency centre.
The school itself was also cut off from the town it serves. This was
around midnight on Friday. My sons friend is a diabetic and he was
running out of insulin.
>
> Amphicar to the rescue - Needed to travel about 12 miles but many
of the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles. In some cases the
water was so deep the vehicles that got stuck early on were
submerged - and it was dark and still raining. Also some of the
vehicles were semi-floating - I will never forget the image of
squeezing past a part submerged XC90 with wipers going and alarm
screaming that suddenly moved....
>
> At one point I went past the local gas station which was under
about 6 feet of water and Amphi headlights were reflecting off the
petrol and oil floating on the surface.
>
> Anyway just after midnight we arrived at the school and were able
to give my friends son his insulin. But the school had two loaves of
bread and half a pint of milk and almost two hundred schoolchildren
who hadn't eaten for more than 12 hours.
>
> We rang the supermarket the other side of town, the water had come
up so fast the manager, staff and 50 or so customers were all
trapped. They were happy to supply what we needed but transport -
well only Amphicar would do as to reach there involved flood water 6
foot deep but with a bit of dry road in the middle.
>
> Through the night I made a number of trips there to bring bread,
milk and other supplies back to the school so the children could have
breakfast.
>
> After the flash floods of Friday the water reached the rivers and
up they came so Saturday and today the rescues continued. A very
pregnant lady enjoyed her first Amphi ride to a house where an
ambulance could reach her.
>
> It's now getting worse. There are 3 roads in to our town (Upton
upon Severn) One is now too deep for Amphicar, it was OK earlier as
the wheels were still on the ground but there is a serious cross
current (estimate well over 10mph) that even the inflatable boats
struggle with and now it's deeper it's no good for Amphi.
>
> The bridge on the road I've been using has now been closed as
cracks have appeared, a major bridge in a nearby town has collapsed
as the water has washed away the foundations.
>
> The other way in is OK but almost 2 miles of road are floaded to
floating depth so it takes a long time.
>
> It gets worse, the local water treatment works is now underwater
and the pumps have been turned off so the taps are running dry, and
the services are trying to stop the water reaching the electricity
substation and taking out power for about 250,000 homes.
>
> It has now stopped raining so hopefully it won't get much worse but
will take a long time for things to get back to normal.
>
> We are fine, our house is on top of the hill so dry, we have plenty
of food and water and we have a generator and fuel.
>
> Amphicar may be out again tomorrow but the Army and all the other
rescue services arrived in force today with there own amphibians
(argocats) so less need for me now.
>
> David C
>
 
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larry depasquale

Guest
Re: Re: Flooding in UK

David, I agree with Amphipoda, that was awesome. To
hear your story really made my day. We hope everyone
is OK.

Larry D
White 66 in Ohio

--- Amphipoda <Amphipoda@yahoo.com> wrote:

> David,
>
> That has to be the most thrilling Amphicar story
> I've
> ever read! I hope it makes it into the IAOC
> newsletter.
> Amphi to the rescue... a truely awesome tale of life
> saving measures by you in an Amphicar. Here's
> hoping
> the waters receed and life returns to normal soon.
> Best wishes to you and family David, and thanks for
> sharing. Please do keep us updated.
>
> Amphipoda
> '64 Trquoise
> San Diego, CA
>
>
> --- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David
> Chapman" <david@...>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Are you and yours all OK and keeping reasonably
> dry over there?
> >
> > Phew - where to start... On Thursday and Friday we
> had almost a
> foot of rain - tropical non stop, almost all roads
> closed, literally
> thousands of people stranded and sleeping in cars
> and their
> workplaces. On a personal level my 11 year old was
> on his way back
> from a school trip and spent 12 hours stuck on a
> motorway before
> arriving at a high school that was turned in to an
> emergency centre.
> The school itself was also cut off from the town it
> serves. This was
> around midnight on Friday. My sons friend is a
> diabetic and he was
> running out of insulin.
> >
> > Amphicar to the rescue - Needed to travel about 12
> miles but many
> of the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles.
> In some cases the
> water was so deep the vehicles that got stuck early
> on were
> submerged - and it was dark and still raining. Also
> some of the
> vehicles were semi-floating - I will never forget
> the image of
> squeezing past a part submerged XC90 with wipers
> going and alarm
> screaming that suddenly moved....
> >
> > At one point I went past the local gas station
> which was under
> about 6 feet of water and Amphi headlights were
> reflecting off the
> petrol and oil floating on the surface.
> >
> > Anyway just after midnight we arrived at the
> school and were able
> to give my friends son his insulin. But the school
> had two loaves of
> bread and half a pint of milk and almost two hundred
> schoolchildren
> who hadn't eaten for more than 12 hours.
> >
> > We rang the supermarket the other side of town,
> the water had come
> up so fast the manager, staff and 50 or so customers
> were all
> trapped. They were happy to supply what we needed
> but transport -
> well only Amphicar would do as to reach there
> involved flood water 6
> foot deep but with a bit of dry road in the middle.
> >
> > Through the night I made a number of trips there
> to bring bread,
> milk and other supplies back to the school so the
> children could have
> breakfast.
> >
> > After the flash floods of Friday the water reached
> the rivers and
> up they came so Saturday and today the rescues
> continued. A very
> pregnant lady enjoyed her first Amphi ride to a
> house where an
> ambulance could reach her.
> >
> > It's now getting worse. There are 3 roads in to
> our town (Upton
> upon Severn) One is now too deep for Amphicar, it
> was OK earlier as
> the wheels were still on the ground but there is a
> serious cross
> current (estimate well over 10mph) that even the
> inflatable boats
> struggle with and now it's deeper it's no good for
> Amphi.
> >
> > The bridge on the road I've been using has now
> been closed as
> cracks have appeared, a major bridge in a nearby
> town has collapsed
> as the water has washed away the foundations.
> >
> > The other way in is OK but almost 2 miles of road
> are floaded to
> floating depth so it takes a long time.
> >
> > It gets worse, the local water treatment works is
> now underwater
> and the pumps have been turned off so the taps are
> running dry, and
> the services are trying to stop the water reaching
> the electricity
> substation and taking out power for about 250,000
> homes.
> >
> > It has now stopped raining so hopefully it won't
> get much worse but
> will take a long time for things to get back to
> normal.
> >
> > We are fine, our house is on top of the hill so
> dry, we have plenty
> of food and water and we have a generator and fuel.
> >
> > Amphicar may be out again tomorrow but the Army
> and all the other
> rescue services arrived in force today with there
> own amphibians
> (argocats) so less need for me now.
> >
> > David C
> >
>
>
>




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Ed Howard

Guest
I agree. Fascinating story.

Every time I see a story of flooding somewhere on the TV news I
always secretly wonder whether I will hear about an Amphicar in
rescue action.

And now there's proof!

Thanks for the great story.

Ed Howard
Orange County, CA
64 red
(definitely NO flooding in this part of the world!!)

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Amphipoda" <Amphipoda@...>
wrote:
>
> David,
>
> That has to be the most thrilling Amphicar story I've
> ever read! I hope it makes it into the IAOC newsletter.
> Amphi to the rescue... a truely awesome tale of life
> saving measures by you in an Amphicar. Here's hoping
> the waters receed and life returns to normal soon.
> Best wishes to you and family David, and thanks for
> sharing. Please do keep us updated.
>
> Amphipoda
> '64 Trquoise
> San Diego, CA
>
>
> --- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "David Chapman" <david@>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Are you and yours all OK and keeping reasonably dry over there?
> >
> > Phew - where to start... On Thursday and Friday we had almost a
> foot of rain - tropical non stop, almost all roads closed,
literally
> thousands of people stranded and sleeping in cars and their
> workplaces. On a personal level my 11 year old was on his way back
> from a school trip and spent 12 hours stuck on a motorway before
> arriving at a high school that was turned in to an emergency
centre.
> The school itself was also cut off from the town it serves. This
was
> around midnight on Friday. My sons friend is a diabetic and he was
> running out of insulin.
> >
> > Amphicar to the rescue - Needed to travel about 12 miles but many
> of the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles. In some cases
the
> water was so deep the vehicles that got stuck early on were
> submerged - and it was dark and still raining. Also some of the
> vehicles were semi-floating - I will never forget the image of
> squeezing past a part submerged XC90 with wipers going and alarm
> screaming that suddenly moved....
> >
> > At one point I went past the local gas station which was under
> about 6 feet of water and Amphi headlights were reflecting off the
> petrol and oil floating on the surface.
> >
> > Anyway just after midnight we arrived at the school and were able
> to give my friends son his insulin. But the school had two loaves
of
> bread and half a pint of milk and almost two hundred schoolchildren
> who hadn't eaten for more than 12 hours.
> >
> > We rang the supermarket the other side of town, the water had
come
> up so fast the manager, staff and 50 or so customers were all
> trapped. They were happy to supply what we needed but transport -
> well only Amphicar would do as to reach there involved flood water
6
> foot deep but with a bit of dry road in the middle.
> >
> > Through the night I made a number of trips there to bring bread,
> milk and other supplies back to the school so the children could
have
> breakfast.
> >
> > After the flash floods of Friday the water reached the rivers and
> up they came so Saturday and today the rescues continued. A very
> pregnant lady enjoyed her first Amphi ride to a house where an
> ambulance could reach her.
> >
> > It's now getting worse. There are 3 roads in to our town (Upton
> upon Severn) One is now too deep for Amphicar, it was OK earlier as
> the wheels were still on the ground but there is a serious cross
> current (estimate well over 10mph) that even the inflatable boats
> struggle with and now it's deeper it's no good for Amphi.
> >
> > The bridge on the road I've been using has now been closed as
> cracks have appeared, a major bridge in a nearby town has collapsed
> as the water has washed away the foundations.
> >
> > The other way in is OK but almost 2 miles of road are floaded to
> floating depth so it takes a long time.
> >
> > It gets worse, the local water treatment works is now underwater
> and the pumps have been turned off so the taps are running dry, and
> the services are trying to stop the water reaching the electricity
> substation and taking out power for about 250,000 homes.
> >
> > It has now stopped raining so hopefully it won't get much worse
but
> will take a long time for things to get back to normal.
> >
> > We are fine, our house is on top of the hill so dry, we have
plenty
> of food and water and we have a generator and fuel.
> >
> > Amphicar may be out again tomorrow but the Army and all the other
> rescue services arrived in force today with there own amphibians
> (argocats) so less need for me now.
> >
> > David C
> >
>
 
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capon23@aol.com

Guest
Re: Re: Flooding in UK

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David,

What a tragedy... I am glad that you and your family are ok and great job onhelping the kids at the school...

Cigarman</font>


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David Chapman

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<font face="Arial" size="2">Guys, quick update, water is starting to go down here but of course there is only one way for it all to get to the sea and that is via the towns of Tewkesbury and Gloucester. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">The water pumping works in Tewkesbury is out of action and over 100,000 people are using bottled water delivered by the Army. Overnight it came very close to a national emergency as near Gloucester the main electrical power station for the south west serving half a million people was under serious threat. Helecopters were dropping bags of sand to make a mile long barrier around it,all of the fire engines in the area were sent there to pump the flood water out - thehigh water mark was passed in the early hours - they were just two inches from loosing it.</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">I've put an update and some pictures on www.amphicars.com </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar is now safely back in the garage and I might finally geta chance to fit the new Friese clutch I think it really deserves. </font>
<font face="Arial" size="2"></font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font>
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timothy dill-russell

Guest
Re: Re: Flooding in UK

Dear David, We were in touch some time ago...you may remember I crossedthe Channel from Marble Arch to the Frankfurt Motor show in n1965with my Amphi which was stolen by the Sales Manager of Sidney Marcus.As you know I have located the car which was for a long time missing and the present keeper does not appear to want to sell it. I have spoken to lawyers who say I have a strong case but I would rather get it back at a reasonable price from the guy who has it. However this letter is not about that but to identify in the first picture on your www.amphicars.com which shows three people in an Amphicar the man on the left. He was known in the motor trade as "laughing lavatory brush" and it was he who stole my car! The police informed me he had convictions for fraud and for the record his real name was Ian Metcalfe. All best wishes and hope we meet
sometime. I now live in Spain. Tim Dill-Russell

David Chapman <david@manbus.com> wrote: <blockquote class="replbq" style="PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px solid"> <div id="ygrp-text"> <font face="Arial" size="2">Guys, quick update, water is starting to go down here but of course there is only one way for it all to get to the sea and that is via the towns of Tewkesbury and Gloucester. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">The water pumping works in Tewkesbury is out of action and over 100,000 people are using bottled water delivered by the
Army. Overnight it came very close to a national emergency as near Gloucester the main electrical power station for the south west serving half a million people was under serious threat. Helecopters were dropping bags of sand to make a mile long barrier around it,all of the fire engines in the area were sent there to pump the flood water out - thehigh water mark was passed in the early hours - they were just two inches from loosing it.</font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">I've put an update and some pictures on www.amphicars.<wbr>com </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar is now safely back in the garage and I might finally geta chance to fit the new Friese clutch I think it really deserves. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> </blockquote>
 
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WB6WSN

Guest
-----Original Message-----
From: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
[mailto:amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bill Connelly
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 10:36 AM
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Flooding in UK

David,

Been seeing lots of Noahesque scenes of LOTS of heavily flooded English
towns here on CNN in Germany. Are you and yours all OK and keeping
reasonably dry over there? Some of those Midlands towns are looking a lot
like Venice during a gondoliers strike. Sweet Jeebus...

And while I'm in a euro frame of mind, being in Germany and all, here's a
message for any of our German Amphicar Club Berlin e.V. friends who watch
this List:

Ich werde bis 11. August f?r die Arbeit hier in Bad Arolsen in Hessen sein.
Falls Deutsche Amphifreunde relativ hier in der N?he wohnten, und mit diesem
Ami Amphi Liebhaber zusammen ?ber's Wochenende treffen mag, ruf' mich bitte
mal hier im Schlo? Hotel an: 05691/808-0, Zimmer 336.
Ich wurde mich dar?ber tierisch freuen! Viele von euch habe ich schon in
Celina vor mehrere Jahren (2001?) kennengelernt.

K??chen,
Der Bilgey



Not making fun of you at all Bilgey, but "... I became about it animal to be
pleased!..." Must be that darn Babelfish again.

BTW, do they really know you as the Keilraummeister?


Ed Price
El Cajon, CA USA
67 Rust Guppy
 
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Bill Connelly

Guest
> Ich wurde mich dar?ber tierisch freuen! Viele von euch habe ich schon
> in
> Celina vor mehrere Jahren (2001?) kennengelernt.
>
> K??chen,
> Der Bilgey
>
> Not making fun of you at all Bilgey, but "... I became about it animal
> to be
> pleased!..." Must be that darn Babelfish again.
>
> BTW, do they really know you as the Keilraummeister?
>
> Ed Price
> El Cajon, CA USA
> 67 Rust Guppy
>

Ahhhhh Babelfish....The online translation wonder! Did I ever tell you
about the time my wife was back in Moscow for a visit of a couple of
months, and being the swell guy that I am, but my Russian being not that
swell, I wrote her a nice little letter in her native Russian by putting
English sentences into one of those online English-Russian translators
and then cutting and pasting and printing out the results? Quite proud
of myself, I showed a copy of the results to a Russian buddy of mine,
and once I got him to stop laughing, he explained how where I had
inputted the English sentence, "every evening I rush home hoping to find
one of your letters in the box", the translator had spit out the Russian
equivalent of "whenever the darkness grows I enter an olympic event to
exhume you optician's eye chart". I suspect my wife still thinks I have
a deep and rather more poetic inner life than is actually the case...I'm
about as deep as Sponge Bob.

Bilgemeister
 
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nelson625@aol.com

Guest
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Sehr interessant Bilgey. Ich bin neidisch. Was fur einen Deutscher du bist. Ich kann meistens von dein Unterhaltung ubersetzen, aber dein Deutsch istviel besser als mein.Du erkennst mein schlect Bayerish ist wirklich schrecklish. Wir waren vor eine Monat in Nova Scotien aber dass is nicht so weit weg wie du bist. My sohn liebt in London und hat hier geflogen und wir hat fur eine Woche gesegelt susammen auf einen 95 Fuss Americanische schooner Segelschjiffvon Maine.Das ganzen Woche hat wunderbar Wetter gehabt mit wenig Regen nur zwei nachts and nichtzu viel nebel. Zwei tage had ganz schon Wind das freut echt Segelmanner.
Cheers. Vic (Capt. Splash) aus Daytona</font>


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Con Oamek

Guest
David:

We have been away from home and away from the computer, therefore, we got really far behind in reading amphicar-lovers emails.

Your story was great; I am glad you were able to help with your Amphicar, when it was really needed. Thank you for going the extra mile. -- And, you probably had a lot of fun doing it!

Con Oamek
Redlands, California

PS: I have been in a couple situations over the years, but often found the local authorities either had things under control, or didn't know how to make use of an Amphicar. Did get written up in the paper a couple times, when I was able to help.


David Chapman <david@manbus.com> wrote:<blockquote class="replbq" style="border-left: 2px solid rgb(16, 16, 255); margin-left: 5px; padding-left: 5px;"> <div id="ygrp-text"> <font face="Arial" size="2">> Are you and yours all OK and keeping reasonably dry over there? </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Phew - where to start... On Thursday and Friday we had almost a foot of rain - tropical non stop, almost all roads closed, literally thousands of people stranded and sleeping in cars and their workplaces. On a personal level my 11 year old was on his way back from a school trip and spent 12 hours stuck on a motorway before arriving ata high school that was turned in to an emergency centre. The school itself was also cut off from the town it serves. This was around midnight on Friday. My sons friend is a diabetic and he was running out of insulin. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar to the rescue - Needed to travel about 12 miles but many of the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles. In some cases the water was so deep the vehicles that got stuck early on were submerged - and it was dark and still raining. Also some of the vehicles were semi-floating - I will never forget the image of squeezing past a part submerged XC90 with wipers going and alarm screaming that suddenly moved....</font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">At one point I went past the local gas station which was under about 6 feet of water and Amphi headlights were reflecting off the petrol and oil floating on the surface. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Anyway just after midnight we arrived at the school and were able to give my friends son his insulin. But the school had two
loaves of bread and halfa pint of milk and almost two hundred schoolchildren who hadn't eaten for more than 12 hours. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">We rang the supermarket the other side of town, the water had come up so fast the manager, staff and 50 or so customers were all trapped. They were happy to supply what we needed but transport - well only Amphicar would do as to reach there involved flood water 6 foot deep but with a bit of dry road in the middle. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Through the night I made a number of trips there to bring bread, milk and other supplies back to the school so the children could have breakfast. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">After the flash floods of Friday the water reached the rivers and up they came so Saturday
and today the rescues continued. A very pregnant lady enjoyed her first Amphi ride to a house where an ambulance could reach her. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">It's now getting worse. There are 3 roads in to our town (Upton upon Severn) One is now too deep for Amphicar, it was OK earlier as the wheels were still on the ground but there is a serious cross current (estimate well over 10mph) that even the inflatable boats struggle with and now it's deeper it's no good for Amphi. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">The bridge on the road I've been using has now been closed as cracks have appeared, a major bridge in a nearby town has collapsed as the water has washed away the foundations. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">The other way in is OK but almost 2 miles of
road are floaded to floating depth so it takesa long time. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">It gets worse, the local water treatment works is now underwater and the pumps have been turned offso the taps are running dry, and the services aretrying to stop the water reaching the electricity substation and taking out power for about 250,000 homes. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">It has now stopped raining so hopefully it won't get much worse but will takea long time for things to get back to normal. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">We are fine, our house is on top of the hill so dry, we have plenty of food and water and we havea generator and fuel. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">Amphicar may be out again tomorrow but the Army and all the other rescue services arrived in force today with there own amphibians (argocats) so less need for me now. </font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> <font face="Arial" size="2">David C</font> <font face="Arial" size="2"></font> </blockquote>
 
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