Yes, it is true, we are still awash with water from the Severn and Avon. Last Sunday morning the water in the field outside had dropped considerably but started to rise by the time I got back from the Remembrance Day Service. Rain did not help the situation at all and when I left home on Friday morning Northway Lane was flooded. I cycle in the direction of the first image to access the cycle path.
The water was as deep as the crank of my bicycle and that was on the pavement! By the time I left for home the level had dropped slightly, but that was not saying much. The images in this post are all taken on Saturday 16 November and are a good indicator of the state of affairs where I live.
The cycle path is surrounded by water and at some points it is flowing an inch from the tar and I have not seen the water so high since i moved here in 2015. I go over the green bridge every day and it was from here that Miss Emily and I played Poohsticks .
Theoretically this is the Carrant Brook, although it is now more like the Carrant River.
I went into town this morning but travelled past Bredon Garage to see what the water levels were. The image below shows the water level during the 2007 floods, and this morning it is lapping at the door of the building.
The road is also flooded, but I was able to ride on the pavement to avoid most of the water. Unfortunately this road is in an appalling condition and riding a bike here can be very uncomfortable because of the potholes, manholes and other hazards just waiting for you to hit them with your front wheel.
The major source of all this water is the Avon and Severn Rivers.
Avon River: Current River Level: 4.469m, rising. Current level recorded at 11:00am, Saturday 16th November GMT. Change from previous measurement: 0.003m (recorded at 10:00am, Saturday 16th November GMT at Tewkesbury Upper Pond)
Things look equally bad for the Severn: Current River Level: 4.392m, rising Above normal for this location. Current level recorded at 12:00pm, Saturday 16th November GMT Change from previous measurement: 0.006m (recorded at 11:00am, Saturday 16th November GMT Mythe Bridge)
Realistically all this water will eventually head downstream and probably exit at the Severn Estuary; but who knows how long that could take. I can just look out of my window and hope that things don’t get worse. There was however one good thing about all this water; I got to take the Pretoria Castle out for a sail.
The water where i was standing was at mid calf height and the piece of string is just in case she gets blown away or decides to sink.
On Sunday morning I went up to Aldi and took the following pics
Unfortunately it started to rain late on Sunday afternoon, although the level of the Avon appears to dropping.
Current River Level: 4.333m, falling, Above normal for this location, Current level recorded at 5:00am, Monday 18th November GMT, Change from previous measurement: -0.004m (recorded at 4:30am, Monday 18th November GMT)
And that was the flood report. We return you to our regular broadcast.
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