Sunday, December 27, 2015

Water

Well it is beautiful and sunny today, we await the next batch of rain though on tuesday with some trepidation.  The family are cleaning up their basement, and those terrible pictures of flood fill the television news.  Rivers flow so fast that it is truly frightening, caravans are smashed against bridges, people's homes are awash.  We lost our internet for a few hours today, but the waters have receded from the roads through the village.  
What I noticed is that there is a certain amount of traffic that seems to be 'tourist inspired', or as Nigel over the road said them 'idiots' who like splashing through the water, to do this you need a 4x4, jeep, land rover or maybe a tractor.  Small cars  though get  water into their engines and come to a halt, there are a few still round the village, waiting redemption by their owners!



Our river went up to, probably, 13 to 14 feet, but it runs through a fairly deep cut and has banks, or is it 'bunds' on either side.  The larger bank is the village side, so that the water will run over the large flat fields.  One of the problems is saturation of the earth, it literally cannot take anymore water, and drainage is slow.

The other end of the village, drains forcing up water....



Top ribbon of water river running high and the green road below filling up

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink, my daughter's message this morning.......
Morning survived the night. Just been down to cellar it's carnage!! However no water! Electrics are partly working and hoping that boiler ok. Don't think we'll be down your way just yet. Just about to go to town hall to see what help there is. Hope your flooding subsided a little bit. Love Karen xx

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6 comments:

  1. I was thinking of you and your family, having seen the news this morning. NOT good news for many and hope your daughter's house doesn't suffer any further damage. I am sure you are keeping in the dry, but feel sorry for those who have been inundated.

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    1. Well Jennie, they washed down and cleared out the basement, dressed in plastic gloves overall and masks this morning, needs disinfecting. All the stuff was then put out and has already been collected. The council at Todmorden are doing a marvellous job apparently. The mayoress is married to Tony Booth, Cherie Blair's father. ;)

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  2. Wet basements are difficult--our daughter's house has that issue, as well as the nearby creek flooding their driveway. We are 'high and dry'in our house at the top of the lane. Water in roadways and crop land, too squelching to venture into the fields.

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    1. Hi Sharon, there were three rooms in their basement but it has a drain for the water to go down, the water reached about 4 foot height. Some people in the street had their kitchens in the basements sadly, but voluntary work at all these places seem so good....

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  3. Your poor girl - we were lucky it was an old victorian water mains that flooded our cellar so it was clean water that we had to paddle in and pump out - but to have to deal with the dirt from the river water as well as the upset of having your home violated must be awful. We spent a weekend in York at the end of November and drove through Hebden Bridge - so the beauty of the area is still fresh with us - I just feel for everyone living up there - the government has got to get its act into gear and help all those who have been subjected to these floods xx

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    1. Well Trudie the money will help, but the argument is should this terrible flooding have happened if the right decisions had been made earlier. The Caldervale is beautiful, though I only seen it through a lense of rain but what is wonderful is the community spirit that is showing through all these towns and villages that have been flooded.

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