House turned into its own island after flooding

Sam Notaro wading through the moat around his house in his wellies to reach our photographer.

Sam Notaro wading through the moat around his house in his wellies to reach our photographer.

by Joe Dempsey Updated on in News

BIRTHDAY presents don’t come much bigger than your very own island.

Unfortunately for Sam Notaro, turning his own house into an island wasn’t what he had in mind.

Sam’s house in Moorland was left stranded in its own little sea after the surrounding area flooded badly.

Sam, who turned 40 last Saturday, was flooded in 2012 and is particularly annoyed with how the Environmental Agency have handled his predicament.

Sam sad: “It’s even worse than 2012. What’s frustrating when the water gets to a certain level we turn on the pumps but then the Environment Agency didn’t do it in time.”

“When they turned the pumps on but then people complained about the noise so they have to turn the pumps off at night.”

Sam and his dad Joe had to put up demarcation to show deep the water was because they were afraid of people who didn’t know the area driving straight into the floods and get stuck.

Sam said: “I know we live in a flood plain but basically the people at the Environment Agency are idiots.”

Paul Gayney from the Environment Agency said: “There was some maintenance work when the pumps weren't running but otherwise we have never not had them running.

“We have brought in ten more pumps and they’re working around the clock. In the end the situation is so serious, there’s not much more we can do.”

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5:39pm Fri 24 Jan 14 united says…

Sam said: “I know we live in a flood plain but basically the people at the Environment Agency are idiots.” Who built on a "flood plain"? who gave permission to build? Answers on a postcard to the Merky.

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6:01pm Fri 24 Jan 14 jjjjjj/mmmmm says…

Sam the locals didn't complain! The Environment Agency haven't bothered to maintain the pumps properly. So they couldn't be used!

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11:55am Sat 25 Jan 14 lordgodalmighty says…

>>Sam said: “I know we live in a flood plain but basically the people at the Environment Agency are idiots.” i think you meant to say "People that build on flood plains are idiots !"

  • Score: 21

1:47am Sun 26 Jan 14 Three Pots Derek says…

lordgodalmighty wrote…

>>Sam said: “I know we live in a flood plain but basically the people at the Environment Agency are idiots.” i think you meant to say "People that build on flood plains are idiots !"

I think the only green space left is 'flood plain' but still they build on it. If houses have to be built on flood plains then build them on stilts and a boat as part of the deal!

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4:04pm Sun 26 Jan 14 bridgyt@ says…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?

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10:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14 Silverbirch says…

bridgyt@ wrote…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?

Yes indeed, the very ones planning to build hundreds of houses next to Durleigh Brook - regardless of the impact of even more concreted over fields on the brook, the Parrett and the town

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2:22am Tue 28 Jan 14 Three Pots Derek says…

Silverbirch wrote…

bridgyt@ wrote…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?
Yes indeed, the very ones planning to build hundreds of houses next to Durleigh Brook - regardless of the impact of even more concreted over fields on the brook, the Parrett and the town

Yes! and to build a Dementia Care Home on the corner of Bath Road and Bower Lane in the field next to our New Hospital (which is built on land that always used to flood, but it's amazing what several hundreds of tons of stone can do. I think the only green space in Somerset is Flood Plain but still they build houses. There are some more houses being built at Kings Down Bridgwater but they had pilings sunk down apprx 18 metres!! Scarey.

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1:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14 teslafanatic says…

As three pots Derek said: build a care home on the field next to the hospital, the field next to the hospital floods every year and yet they built the hospital there, they pile drived for the hospital and I'm pretty sure they will have to pile drive for Notaro's care home but where is the water going to go? And will they learn that if you build on a flood plain that you are going to have to put in pumps to get rid of the excess water and where is the excess water going to go? This question will not be addressed by planners, and it should be.

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7:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14 lordgodalmighty says…

should be building boats, not buildings.

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7:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14 Yogalove says…

Three Pots Derek wrote…

Silverbirch wrote…

bridgyt@ wrote…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?
Yes indeed, the very ones planning to build hundreds of houses next to Durleigh Brook - regardless of the impact of even more concreted over fields on the brook, the Parrett and the town
Yes! and to build a Dementia Care Home on the corner of Bath Road and Bower Lane in the field next to our New Hospital (which is built on land that always used to flood, but it's amazing what several hundreds of tons of stone can do. I think the only green space in Somerset is Flood Plain but still they build houses. There are some more houses being built at Kings Down Bridgwater but they had pilings sunk down apprx 18 metres!! Scarey.

S Notaro Ltd (houses, windows, lakeview cottages) and N Notaro Homes ltd (care homes, homecare agencies) are completely separate ownership, management and not company related.

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9:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14 the voice of common sense says…

Yogalove wrote…

Three Pots Derek wrote…

Silverbirch wrote…

bridgyt@ wrote…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?
Yes indeed, the very ones planning to build hundreds of houses next to Durleigh Brook - regardless of the impact of even more concreted over fields on the brook, the Parrett and the town
Yes! and to build a Dementia Care Home on the corner of Bath Road and Bower Lane in the field next to our New Hospital (which is built on land that always used to flood, but it's amazing what several hundreds of tons of stone can do. I think the only green space in Somerset is Flood Plain but still they build houses. There are some more houses being built at Kings Down Bridgwater but they had pilings sunk down apprx 18 metres!! Scarey.
S Notaro Ltd (houses, windows, lakeview cottages) and N Notaro Homes ltd (care homes, homecare agencies) are completely separate ownership, management and not company related.

Then can we expect to see Pollards builders vans on site building the care home? Answers written on a flying pig please

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9:18pm Mon 10 Feb 14 the voice of common sense says…

Yogalove wrote…

Three Pots Derek wrote…

Silverbirch wrote…

bridgyt@ wrote…

could this be the same notaro family that have profited from building many other houses...on flood plains?
Yes indeed, the very ones planning to build hundreds of houses next to Durleigh Brook - regardless of the impact of even more concreted over fields on the brook, the Parrett and the town
Yes! and to build a Dementia Care Home on the corner of Bath Road and Bower Lane in the field next to our New Hospital (which is built on land that always used to flood, but it's amazing what several hundreds of tons of stone can do. I think the only green space in Somerset is Flood Plain but still they build houses. There are some more houses being built at Kings Down Bridgwater but they had pilings sunk down apprx 18 metres!! Scarey.
S Notaro Ltd (houses, windows, lakeview cottages) and N Notaro Homes ltd (care homes, homecare agencies) are completely separate ownership, management and not company related.

Then can we expect to see Pollards builders vans on site building the care home? Answers written on a flying pig please

  • Score: 1
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