This afternoon, we popped down to check the level of the river.
Before we moved here the houses in our area flooded quite badly.
Since then, they have put a flood defence in, but with all the rain we have been having, the neighbours have been on alert and regularly monitoring the levels.
They commented a couple of days ago:
"We should be fine, so long as it doesn't rain anymore."
But of course, it's carried on.
And last night as it was pouring down, I was planning in my head.
I am a worrier.
Not much you can do to stop a flood is there?
Anyways, I thought we should have a look for ourselves.
So the river is normally the bit in between the rows of trees.
And to the right are the fields where we would walk the dog.
On the left is our flood defence wall. As we were observing, another couple came to check and commented that earlier in the day, the water had been up to the path.
As damaging as it is, it was also very interesting to hear the stories about the flood in years gone by.
To learn that flooding can come from the ground up. I had just imagined a sort of wave, or beach getting closer and closer.
I was also surprised at how fast the water was flowing.
Very grateful to our flood wall. There is even a plaque commemorating when it was put in along the path.
At the weekend, our drains were close to overflowing sewage into the gardens because of a collapsed pumping system. I had joked that I could write a post "How does your garden flow."
This is a reality for many right now.
It makes me sad to think of all the hard work being washed away.
Especially these shots of the allotments:
Photos #27 and #37
Fingers crossed, the rain will ease off soon!
At least we've had a nice, rain free, sunny afternoon today.