Newport man discovers 12ft pet snake drowned in flat flooding

ROAD CLOSURE: Commercial Road was partly shut after flooding at the International Food Market store this morning

FLOODING: Fabian Boulton's 12ft snake died after his home near Newport Transporter Bridge was flooded today

GUTTED Former Para Fabian Boulton who lost a pet snake because of the flooding in Mill Parade in Newport (9117811)

Flooding in Mill Parade in Newport (9117815)

First published in Gwent news by

A FORMER Paratrooper vented his frustration yesterday after his 12ft pet snake drowned in the floods triggered by the remains of Hurricane Bertha.

Fabian Boulton, 38, found his pet called Handbags had died in his basement flat in Mill Parade, Newport, yesterday morning.

His other pet snake, named Stiletto, survived after climbing to safety when his sitting room was submerged by one and a half foot of water.

Mr Boulton vowed to stay in his home near the iconic Transporter Bridge despite being repeatedly flooded since moving in about a year ago.

He said: “I have been flooded six times, three times last Christmas.

“This killed one of my snakes. I don’t really want to move. This is my home.

“I like the place. I’ve put my mark on it. It is very annoying.”

Meanwhile, the International Food Market store in Commercial Road, Newport, was also flooded though no stock was destroyed.

The water rose to around knee level in the basement but shop worker Omar Choman, 32, said the stock was kept on wooden pallets.

Firefighters closed off part of Commercial Road while they pumped the water from the basement.

A few other homes in Mill Parade, near the River Usk, were hit by sporadic flooding, which was contained to basement areas.

Mill Parade residents said they had been flooded several times in the last few years.

Hypnotherapist Dale Melton, 46, of Mill Parade, said his home was by and large spared and thanked South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for their support.

Fire service green watch manager Richard Webb said his colleagues had tackled today’s flooding in Mill Parade from 7am.

Mr Webb said homes in Mill Parade had not been evacuated though the water level had risen to between two and three feet.

He added that drains did not seem to be able to cope with sudden downpours on the scale experienced today.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said no other reports of flooding had been received.

Natural Resources Wales issued two “flood alerts” for the Usk Estuary and the Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire on Sunday morning.

High tide at Newport reached 6.4m on Sunday morning and was expected to reach 7.4m at 7.45pm on Sunday, according to the Environment Agency.

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11:57am Mon 11 Aug 14

davidcp says...

I had a cat run over once. No reporters from the Argus then. And I was sad.
I had a cat run over once. No reporters from the Argus then. And I was sad. davidcp
  • Score: 18

12:09pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

In the interests of public safety, should people be allowed to own 12 foot snakes ?
In the interests of public safety, should people be allowed to own 12 foot snakes ? Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: -3

12:11pm Mon 11 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Snakes? When I woke up this morning my pet Gorilla (Winston) had ripped the hand off the postman. He wont be knocking twice. I told him about those gas bills.
Snakes? When I woke up this morning my pet Gorilla (Winston) had ripped the hand off the postman. He wont be knocking twice. I told him about those gas bills. KarloMarko
  • Score: -5

12:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

paddyparry says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
In the interests of public safety, should people be allowed to own 12 foot snakes ?
There is nothing that prevents people from owning 12ft snakes as pets. I don't see any danger to public safety. How many reports have there been about snake attacks?
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: In the interests of public safety, should people be allowed to own 12 foot snakes ?[/p][/quote]There is nothing that prevents people from owning 12ft snakes as pets. I don't see any danger to public safety. How many reports have there been about snake attacks? paddyparry
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Great pets. Especially in small flats. If your sink gets blocked, just shove the snake down it. He may come up next door but that's just sharing.
Great pets. Especially in small flats. If your sink gets blocked, just shove the snake down it. He may come up next door but that's just sharing. KarloMarko
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

golfer says...

Plenty more snakes in the sea ..and who keeps snakes..won't escape now
Plenty more snakes in the sea ..and who keeps snakes..won't escape now golfer
  • Score: -15

3:03pm Mon 11 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

What sort of life can it be for the poor thing, living in a basement flat in Newport?

I doubt the snakes enjoy it much either
What sort of life can it be for the poor thing, living in a basement flat in Newport? I doubt the snakes enjoy it much either -trigg-
  • Score: 14

3:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

"He added that drains did not seem to be able to cope with sudden downpours on the scale experienced today."

And that's the problem right there.

Most towns and cities rely on drainage and sewer systems that have been in place for over a century and were never built to accommodate the amount of run-off water generated by the growing cities above. So larger amounts of water entering old inadequate drainage is only going to end up badly.

That's why we see frequent flooding in specific areas, for example the stretch of road outside the Newport Railway Station. Whenever there's a downpour that stretch of road regularly floods.

The fix isn't a good one unfortunately. It means lots of digging up roads to install new drainage and sewers with much greater capacity and a huge bill.
"He added that drains did not seem to be able to cope with sudden downpours on the scale experienced today." And that's the problem right there. Most towns and cities rely on drainage and sewer systems that have been in place for over a century and were never built to accommodate the amount of run-off water generated by the growing cities above. So larger amounts of water entering old inadequate drainage is only going to end up badly. That's why we see frequent flooding in specific areas, for example the stretch of road outside the Newport Railway Station. Whenever there's a downpour that stretch of road regularly floods. The fix isn't a good one unfortunately. It means lots of digging up roads to install new drainage and sewers with much greater capacity and a huge bill. DavidMclean
  • Score: 10

11:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

If he knew/saw or even thought it would flood, why did he not just move them to a safer location, after all he has been flooded 6 times.

In my opinion this is probably animal neglect.
If he knew/saw or even thought it would flood, why did he not just move them to a safer location, after all he has been flooded 6 times. In my opinion this is probably animal neglect. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 4

2:03am Tue 12 Aug 14

smokintheweed says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
If he knew/saw or even thought it would flood, why did he not just move them to a safer location, after all he has been flooded 6 times.

In my opinion this is probably animal neglect.
I've read some of your opinions before. They tend to lack reason, foresight or intelligence. Pretty much like a snake.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: If he knew/saw or even thought it would flood, why did he not just move them to a safer location, after all he has been flooded 6 times. In my opinion this is probably animal neglect.[/p][/quote]I've read some of your opinions before. They tend to lack reason, foresight or intelligence. Pretty much like a snake. smokintheweed
  • Score: 1

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