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Floods! Not through our house, thankfully, but the police have closed the bridge in the local village, and the fire brigade have evacuated 49 of the houses next to the river, despite the flood defences that were built several years ago. Apparently the Tyne just downstream from us is around six and a half metres higher than normal, which is about half a metre more than they've recorded since records began sixty years ago.

I had to drive through a few inches of floodwater on the roads several times on the way home from work.

Luckily, our house is fairly high up the hillside from the river, so we're not in any danger of flooding, but it must be dreadfully disruptive for the people affected. It makes you wonder why builders ever looked at the wide, flat piece of land along the bottom of the valley, running alongside the river and thought "That looks like a nice flat bit to build houses on", rather than "flood plain". It seems painfully obvious, but then we have the benefit of hindsight and having seen that bit flooded several times in recent years. It's not as if the houses are that new either - most look Victorian/Edwardian - but then maybe they were more optimistic that they could contain nature in those days.

Well, the current advice against non-essential travel will give me an excuse to stay at home inside in the warm tomorrow rather than ferrying the kids all over the place!

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2015 08:17 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fififolle
Hope you don't get cut off too much, Ali! And glad to know you are unlikely to be flooded. We're the same, and I should be able to get to work on Monday (hurrah?) but I'm not sure there's any way to the M6 for us at the moment, no way out of Cumbria if we wanted to leave!
I imagine in the past there were maybe more trees, less houses, and water had more places to be stored, plus global warming. And farmers dredging rivers to get stone, etc. So many things have changed.
Stay safe!

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2015 11:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Glad you're safe. Bad news for those who have to travel further afield. Fingers crossed the waters go down soon.

Good point, it does seem to have got worse in recent years, so the prospect of flooding must have seemed a lot less likely in those days.

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2015 09:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaynedoll.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're OK.

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2015 11:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Thanks m'dear. Hope it isn't too horrible where you are.

Date: Monday, 7 December 2015 02:33 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordeliadelayne.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're safe! I've always been quite glad to live on a hill and never have to worry about this sort of thing.

Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2015 15:30 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
At the moment I'm very glad I live on a hill as well! And I shall have to remind myself of the fact every time I have to trek up the steep hill from the railway station :)

Date: Tuesday, 8 December 2015 09:18 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murrey-b.livejournal.com
Stay safe ladybird!

Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2015 15:33 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Thankfully we're safe and warm - we've been very lucky compared to the people at the bottom of the hill.

Nice to see you pop up on LJ again m'dear :)

Date: Thursday, 10 December 2015 21:00 (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] pippinmctaggart.livejournal.com
I'm glad you live up on a hill! I hope you enjoy your warm and cosy enforced home-time. <3

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