Saturday, September 6, 2008

Deluge


Compared to the flood-induced misery in other parts of the world, or even just down the road or across the border, this is nothing. Mere inconvenience. But the rain certainly has been tipping down these past two days. Wave after wave of it, sweeping in off the Atlantic.

This morning, a quick bicycle ride to the supermarket.



The usual route was impassable.



His owner and I compared notes on floods and rumours of floods.

After lunch, between downpours, a dash to the fields at the back to check on the river where I meet up with two neighbours doing the same thing. We riparian dwellers (a new adjective to me, h/t the Environment Agency website) keep a close eye on the water levels in our locality. Our little development hasn't flooded yet but ....



... cattle grazed here a few days ago, now it belongs to the ducks. (Apologies for the smudge on the camera lens. A raindrop.) A sudden roll of thunder provided an apocalyptic soundtrack.

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You can always rely on the BBC to be prepared. An outside broadcast unit was in town yesterday. They had obviously taken note of their own weather forecast.

7 comments:

Zhoen said...

Have you got a huny pot or two?

Dale said...

Yikes. It looks serious enough to me!

mm said...

Thanks both. The water levels peaked at just about the time I posted this. Drying out now .....

herhimnbryn said...

Water rat and Mole would be happy! Stay dry.

Sky said...

oh, dear! i read about a father in durham UK losing his child to a storm drain covered by large puddles of water. it sucked her and her pup inside and deposited them in the wear river. fortunately he saw the whirlpool effect above the drain and raced to the river's edge hoping to rescue her. he did, injured though she was and unconscious. she was resuscitated, but the pup died. is this anywhere near you?

i am glad to see here in the comments that you are drying out!

hitchhiker72 said...

Oh dear, mm. Hasn't it just been awful? To think I read somewhere about a drier and warmer September...

mm said...

HHB, Sky, HH72
Thanks for your concern. I am typing this on a golden September morning ... hard to believe the difference!.