Ross Hodgson offers his paranormal investigation services for free to those who live in the Surrey area. He told Get Surrey: “People contact us through the website if they think something paranormal is going on. They call us in and we get evidence for them.”
Apparently, Hodgson and his team have recently been getting calls from the Egham Hythe and Thorpe Lea areas of Surrey, which were effected by bad flooding around Christmas 2013. Flooding has been a huge problem for the area this year and the lives of residents has been changed due to property damaged and their livelihoods being effected. It cannot have been easy to deal with this situation and I can only offer my sympathy to anyone recovering from that experience.
The Environment Agency describes damage to a property from flooding in two ways:
Primary damage includes damage to the structure, expansion or shrinkage and staining. It will largely depend upon the severity and velocity of the flood waters, how long the materials remain saturated and their absorbency. Cleaning out and drying procedures can also cause damage.
Secondary damage is caused by moisture travelling to other areas than those originally affected. Water vapour rising through a building can cause mould growth. Hygroscopic materials, which absorb moisture, will support mould growth because they maintain a high relative humidity at their surface.
Strange then, don’t you think, that Hodgson is claiming that this flooding has somehow “charged” spiritual energy in the area, causing people to experience weird things in their homes?
“They all seem to have been flooded either up to the doorstep or into the house. Anything to do with a stream or water seems to be a battery charger to charge up paranormal activity,”
His claims are complete nonsense. The only way in which the recent flooding could cause the weird experiences of those living in the area that had been flooded would be through damage to their properites that results in strange noises, smells and even perhaps damp and cold spots.
Not only could structural damage cause strange experience, but I’d imagine that having to deal with extensive flooding of your home and the area you live in can be extremely stressful for those involved and it wouldn’t surprise me if the state of mind of those in this situation contributed to some of the experiences reported.
The idea that ghosts are drawn to water is an old one and yet it still has life in it. Some claim that water has memory and, like building fabrics in the Stone Tape Theory, can somehow record what it has come into contact with or what has happened around it. This is an idea also used by homeopaths as proof that their nonsense remedies actually work, but water has no memory and just as with the Stone Tape Theory there is no evidence that events that take place at a location can be recorded in the fabric of that building to later be replayed.
Others claim that water can somehow charge ghosts and make them stronger and more able to do things that us humans can see, hear or experience. This theory tends to be favoured by those who believe that ghosts are actually energies (often described as life energies of once-living humans), but there is also no evidence to support this. I also can’t help but think that if this was true there would be a huge amount of paranormal activity being experienced around lakes, rivers, ponds and puddles, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This is similar to the claim that ghosts drain the batteries in ghost hunting equipment when really the cause tends to be that the equipment is being used in very cold environments which batteries don’t operate well in.
Whether people think ghosts being drawn to water is nonsense or not, I am sure most people would agree that getting reports from homes that have been effected by an environmental disaster of this nature is a tricky case for any paranormal researcher to deal with, and that getting involved in such a case is ethically questionable considering the methodology that these investigators claim to have used; looking for evidence of ghosts with “specialist recording equipment”, holy water and rosary beads – all hugely biased methods that, ultimately, would have added little value to the situation.
What a shame.