Category: Bridges and Rivers


January has been a pretty uneventful month so far (touch wood), and apart from the wet and overcast skies there has been nothing to photograph. However, we are now heading downhill towards Spring and while anything can happen between then and now I am hoping that the rain decides to stay away for awhile or at least until the river levels have fallen. Down the road from me the all important harbinger of Spring is emerging from the ground. The Snowdrops are waking up, reminding us that the seasons change and that nature is keeping an eye open on us.

Unfortunately there do not seem to be too many snowdrop patches close to me, and the small patch that I watch out for is in a garden close by. I do know of a larger patch on the other side of town and when I head in that direction again I shall take my camera with.

Today is really the sort of day that I like. I am not a Summer person, I prefer the starkness and cold of Winter and when I go outside and see the frost I just feel so much better. There is something satisfying about the crunch of frost laden grass underfoot. 

Make no mistake though; I do not enjoy the frozen fingers and nose, especially when I am taking photographs. Here are some pics from this morning. The standing water is a result of yet another rise in river levels.

The little footbridge in the image below has spent a lot of this past season under water, and at the moment it is just re-emerging. Unfortunately that area is a morass of mud and turgid water so I won’t even consider venturing out there.

And the football field is really only fit for submarine races, water polo or kayaking.

(1500 x 617)

Winter is on the way out, but it is not too late for snow.  In March of 2018 we were snowed under, and while I love the snow I am always wary of the effects that it can have on simple things.  I will however just enjoy the weekend’s weather as it lifts my spirits slightly because I really need them lifted.

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Still flooding

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. 

Northway Lane

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)

Severn River, Tewkesbury Ham, Mythe Water Works (1500×448)

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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What a day!

Yesterday was just one of those days that leave you wishing that you could roll over and go back to sleep.

When I got back from South Africa I discovered that Tewkesbury was in the midst of one of its usual floods. After all It is one of things that the town is famous for.

Yesterday morning I awoke to find that the taps were dry as somewhere underneath all that water a water pipe had burst and Severn Trent were hot on the heels of the leak. There was a mass outbreak of panic buying of bottled water by residents which was ironic because we were suffering from a lack of water while surrounded by water. And just when I thought I had seen it all I spotted a camel walking down High Street. 

I do not know whether he was delivering water or was the solution to our lack of water in the pipes. I will say one thing about Severn Trent though, they notify customers and when things look to be prolonged they provide bottled water. In South Africa the problem would first be denied, then admitted, then investigated slowly and repaired at leisure. No emergency water would be provided and there would be no credits passed on monthly bills. Oh, and camels would not be walking in the streets either. 

The flood situation is a different story. I had a quick look at the river levels while I was in town and this is what I saw: (Images taken with my cellphone and weather was overcast).

Standing on the King John Bridge looking towards Healings Mill and the Avon Locks.

The Severn and The Ham, with Healings Mill on the left of the image

The water from upstream of the Severn was expected to arrive today and over the weekend which could raise the level of the Severn even more, but hopefully the water already in the town would have receded since then so that it will not reach disaster proportions. Our tap water is back though so a nice cuppa tea will do wonders for me, If anything else happens that makes me go “huh?” I will let you know.

Incidentally, we had another flood scare earlier in June, and this one is on a much larger scale although nowhere near the 2007 floods. 

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