Poets Day

We weren’t expecting much to report in our most recent visit to check the level of the ford – after all we’ve had four (count ‘em!) dry days in a row, followed by a morning of merely mizzling rain, which is as nothing round here. But when we rounded the corner we were confronted with this:

That’s going to make checking the depth a bugger, if nothing else.

Naturally, the first thing I did (after walking back to get my camera, and then cycling back to the ford to take some pictures – priorities, people) was to phone the council where, after I had finally got through to the roads department (don’t you just love it when organisations decide to switch to once central number for contacting them, whatever the purpose of your call and then the call centre you reach has absolutely no idea what do when you finally get to them) – at about 3pm – I was told ‘well, obviously it’s Friday afternoon so the depot’s closed but we’ll do what we can.’

I’m still not entirely sure what’s so obvious about that, frankly.

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14 Responses to Poets Day

  1. Cha0tic says:

    Have you got a chainsaw? Free wood if you clear it :)

  2. Kim says:

    They will probably want to wait until the water level drops…

  3. disgruntled says:

    cha0tic – bit soggy! And rather precarious while the burn is running that fast…

    I imagine there’ll be plenty of takers for the wood; I do want to make sure the handrail on the footbridge gets replaced or repaired

    Kim – I wasn’t really expecting any urgent action, though if much more debris piles up it could damage the bridge.

  4. Dom Davis says:

    Wow! That’s some carnage. Well done for going back for the camera, much appreciated :)

  5. disgruntled says:

    My first thought was for my readership…

  6. commuterjohn says:

    I wonder how high the water was at its peak.

  7. WOL says:

    Looks like the burn is high enough that it’s doing an end run around the approach to the bridge on this end. A situation like that’s when you’d want a team of Clydes and some logging chain to go with your chainsaw.

    • commuterjohn says:

      I see the same scene a couple of times a year by me, a couple of small footbridges close together and some steel pipes carry the BT cables over the local stream. Fortunately there is a purpose built flood field just before them to take up most of the back log of water when some tree debris gets log jambed under them and the water can raise up about 5 feet deep. Our council use chain saws and the more modern 4 wheel drive lorry with hydraulic arm on it to recover the debris!

  8. disgruntled says:

    The burn tends to flood the end of the steps whenever the depth goes above a foot – any higher than that and the current makes wading onto the bridge a little precarious. I don’t think the burn got that high this time as we haven’t had the weather – it must just have been washing debris from earlier storms down river.

    the field beyond is a wet meadow so can stand a little flooding. On the whole, people don’t build their houses right by the water here, very sensibly! half way up the side of the valley is about right…

  9. The Paper Boy says:

    “Obviously” because every day is push off early day at the council… you’ll be lucky to find any of them answering the phone after 3pm on any day… and they certainly aren’t going to jump to it and head off in the van on a Friday afternoon unless someone mentions the “O word.

  10. disgruntled says:

    cynic … as it happens, by yesterday morning they’d got as far as putting up a ‘ford closed to pedestrians’ sign. I’m hoping they won’t then consider it job done

    • The Paper Boy says:

      No cynicism required. You try calling any council department “late on” of an afternoon… let me know your success rate.

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