Drought-afflicted, but flooded!

How can this be true? Tell the world that two dry winters have caused emergency restrictions on the use of water, and then more than 40mm (2 inches) of rain falls in less than 24 hours! The south of England has been awash. In fact, since the beginning of April, it has rained every day. But even if it continues raining for the next several months, restrictions on water use will not be lifted. Those aquifers (underground water sources) need to be replenished, and it is going to take many months of rainfall to achieve that.

In the meantime, a short walk in our own village after the deluge revealed a little of the aftermath. Our own River Kym, normally only a lazy little brook meandering along as if it has nowhere to flow, had risen to almost Amazonian proportions (excuse the hyperbole!) and will probably continue to rise over the next few days. I suspect pupils of our local schools are hoping for one thing………..that the river continues to rise to cut off the whole village….;0)



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Posted on April 29, 2012, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. That is insane, but not uncommon. The weather patterns are going crazy! We have had plenty of rain, but what I have really noticed is the house shaking winds!

  2. We almost didn’t get to Little Gidding yesterday evening because of the flooding. First the car wouldn’t strart untill we had given a hefty dose of WD40 and then it got flooded en route. We just managed it on time. I know what you ae thinking: if we had gone by bike we would have had neither of those problems!

    • ….but Tony, you might have had other problems. On Saturday morning I was happily cycling in the pouring rain (around the Giddings actually) and I passed a poor fellow cyclist mending a puncture by the roadside. Torrential rain accompanied by a puncture….is literally adding insult to injury!

  3. Andy from St Ives

    It may be a drought, but the guided busway cycle track is under water in two places near St Ives, on both sides of the Ouse viaduct, in fact.

    • I wonder if they had thought about the whole issue of drainage when they built the busway and its cycle track? Being so flat, water is not going to drain away that easily.

      • I don’t think they had thought about it at all. But fortunately ‘they’ were persuaded to make improvements, which haven’t really been tested until now. Last winter, there was water lying in many locations between St Ives and Swavesey. The puddles finally disappeared in June 2012. As buses were not yet running, it was possible to avoid the flooding by cycling on the concrete bus tracks. That option is no longer safe. I am pleased to report, though, that installing drains and raising the level of the cycle track seems to have sorted most of the problems – at least on those section where the flooding was caused simply by the rain that fell in those places. What hasn’t been sorted is the half mile or so straddling the Ouse Viaduct. This is where the track dips down to cross the flood plain of the Ouse. On this section, the flooding is not due to local rainfall, but to the River Ouse which draws its water from a vast catchment area including Towcester, Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Bedford. I expect your tiny River Kym adds to our woes! They raised the track a good 1.5 metres – but it’s clearly not enough. For photos of these floods see my blog http://travellingtheguidedbusway.blogspot.com

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