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That's a relief, Hoodie! £100 million to build and the result is a lovely meandering man-made river, with wild life refuges and picnic spots. It was built whilst we were living nearby in Eton Wick and it became a favourite walking ang cycling location for us.
 

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I've also learnt something new to me. Whitby is prone to flooding after heavy rain and a spring tide coincide, when the moors drain into the river Esk. I though spring tides were seasonal but in fact they are a 'springing forth' of the waters occuring twice a month at new and full moons. It took me 70 years to find that out!
 

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Shrewsbury town centre is like York in some respects. In that the lowest lying parts next to the river get inundated nearly every year. This year, those floods are rather higher than average, and instead of this height being a “once in a hundred years” occurrence, it has become at least once in 10 years, possibly twice.

There is a pub by the river bank in centre of York, that has brass markers up the wall inside the main bar, showing what was the maximum water level in any given year. But 20 yards away horizontally, in the main shopping streets, you are a good 5m higher. Well out of even the exceptional flood levels. Unless there is a drain blocked.

As mentioned more flood defences in one area, simply tend to move the problem downstream. As Upton-IN-Severn found out again last week.

I was near there on the night in 2007, when it was last submerged. Trying to find a way from Birmingham to Swansea. M5 blocked, M50 closed due to floods at Ross-in-Wye. All the surrounding roads submerged at some point or other. Got off the M42 near Bromsgrove, picked a way through to Kidderminster. “Wrong” side of the dual carriageway from there towards Worcester, travelling south on the north bound side (in groups with a police Land Rover Escort), because the other side was part of the river. Got around Worcester somehow. Then found the only road open from there to Malvern. All roads south from there were blocked at some point or other, as we tried each in turn. Found the deserted M50 at one point. But couldn’t get onto it as no junction. By that point, around 11:30p.m. A group of six vehicles had formed a convoy. All trying to get to Swansea and for the same reason (Swansea Bay Rally next morning), decided to convoy off in the Leominster and Abergavenny direction, to get to higher ground. But every dip or valley had its own lakelet. Passable if you tiptoed through, but too many times the road was blocked by a drowned out vehicle abandoned in the middle. Till enough folks gathered to physically manhandle said blockages out of the way, so we could drive through. Remember passing through a rather damp Eastnor at one point. Not far from there we came on a roadside pub with its lights on. So half the little convoy decided to repair into there till daylight. The other half “pushed on”. Finally reaching Abergavenny and the safe haven of the Heads of the Valleys road over past Merthyr and Hirwain to Neath. ‘Twas gone 3 a.m. by then, so all were getting rather tired. Then the tail end Charlie of the Group failed to notice a new, low grassy roundabout. So new, it didn’t yet have the big chevron signs erected around the central mound. So Charlie cruised gently straight over. Waking up on the other side when the bumps jolted him awake. Changing the alloy wheel that got bent hitting the kerb woke him up some more. So we reached beds in Swansea by 04:30. Just before the Premier Inn resold our rooms to the clubbers from the nearby night spots, who were in there looking for somewhere to, err, not sleep. Breakfast was at 6:30. Those who had stopped at the pub till dawn, arrived just after breakfast. Apparently having had no sleep at all. A night to remember. For those that could.
 

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When all that flooding occured in 2007 I was training to be a signalman up at the Leeds Signalling School. Because of all the known problems that let a couple of us go early so hopefully we could get home. I had 2 choices of routes home: Leeds, change Manchester, change Shrewsbury, Caersws, which normally meant a 45 minute wait at Manchester, or Leeds, change Birmingham, Caersws.

On looking at the timetables decided that the latter was a better option so caught that. Left Leeds and got diverted to Sheffield, so delayed. Train Manager came through the train to say that we were going to diverted again and wanted to know where we were all going. Second diversion and additional stop ended up with a lot of passengers leaving the train and when he found out I was training to be a signaller got invited up to First Class and got the freebies to go with it.

All going well until just after Tamworth when at line speed (110mph) the train lurched severely and then braked HARD. TM hurriedly left the coach towards the drivers end, and came back about 5 minutes later ashen, collected a big cup of coffee and disappeared back towards the drivers end. Returned not long after and said that we had hit a dip in the track that was flooded and the driver reckoned the train had actually left the rails as in aquaplaned for a short distance!! We then crawled from there into B'ham New St, where the train terminated and the driver stood-down. Finally got home about 3 hours later than expected.

Friends that were involved with Powys 4x4 Response ended up over in Worcestershire & Glocestershire helping their Team, and came back with some great stories, like 4 LR's with trailers from Severn Trent Water loading up with pallets of drinking water to take from Gloucester to Tewkesbury, with a full blue light Police escort up outside lane of the M5, trailers and all.
 

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Some of the roads we used last Friday are now under water, glad we changed it to a day trip.
 
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