Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Marooned!



































































Morpeth only makes the headlines when there is a flood or a train crash. It was the sixties since such events have happened and although the Wansbeck anually bursts her banks the last couple of days have seen exceptional rainfall. We were lucky where we live but only just. Six houses opposite us were flooded as well as dozens further along the road but it was the hundreds of people who live closer to the river that were the real victims. The top five pics were taken yesteday afternoon, seven hours before it reached it's peak and the rest of the pics were taken this morning. I couldn't get across the water until today so I couldn't get to work last night. To give a bit idea how much the water level dropped overnight, the pic above with the upturned boats, those cars on the right were submerged yesterday afternoon. Lets hope it's another forty years or more until the next deluge.

5 comments:

Blyth Birder said...

Aye, it must be a nightmare for those unfortunate souls who were flooded out but at least no-one died.

You can replace belongings but not a life.

Been some rain the last two or three days.

mosstrooper said...

I thought we had it bad, but your photos show we got off lightly.

John Young said...

Blimey, didn't realise you were so close to the bad flooding. Must be a complete nightmare for those poor folks that had been affected. Just can't imagine all your belongings completely ruined.

Kingsdowner said...

Glad to hear you weren't (badly) affected.
How will the Dippers manage upstream?

abbey meadows said...

Thanks for the comments. I'm off work later in the week so I will have a look upstream to assess the damage. I took a photo on Sunday morning of the resident ducks and the Goosander survived as did the family of Swans. However, more rain is forcast.