Water, Water Everywhere

It seems the weather gods, having enjoyed their little holiday wreaking havoc down South are back with us permanently now, at least if the forecast is anything to go by. Not that we’re getting spectacular send-in-the-army type weather – just rain, followed by more rain, followed by more rain, with intervals of rain. Riding out for the paper in a rare gap this morning, the roads were running with water like rivers and every ditch and hollow was full; every flat piece of land is just a swamp.


What if it never stops raining?

There’s been a lot talked in recent weeks about managing catchment areas upstream to prevent flooding downstream without the need for expensive (and ultimately ineffective) flood defences. It makes a lot of sense, and it sounds attractive, especially if the alternative is enormous high walls cutting towns off from their rivers. But I’m struggling to see how, here at least, we could actually hold any more water than we are already

waterlogged field

And the ford? Well the chain that runs across it to catch any cars that get swept away has been swept away itself by a passing tree. Not that anyone’s likely to tackle it in its present condition. But you never know…

ford almost at 2 feet

5 Responses to Water, Water Everywhere

  1. John Gibson says:

    Well, the water has gone down here, but it has left a lot of debris on the road. I started off to work today, and nearly came off going around a bend, and hitting a big mud patch. I then realised that the farmer had been out and about,and had spread soil all over the road. The silly thing was that I saw the tractor earlier, so I should have known there was a chance that conditions would be tricky.

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow, sorry about that. That’s where our long dry summer is coming from.

  3. Paul M says:

    If you ever pay a visit to the Irish Lake District town of Killarney, you can buy a tea-towel emblazoned with “A Kerry Mother’s letter to her Son” Among its gems it says “It only rained twice this week – once for three days and once for four”.

  4. disgruntled says:

    @John – yeah we’ve got mud too, although at least the water’s washing most of it away
    @Jenny – look after it well, and send it back to us in June please
    @Paul – indeed, I seem to remember that tea towel from my childhood; I hope the Kerry mother is getting royalties…

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