So many of us have been affected by the storms these past couple of weeks. Here on the farm we have had the wettest Christmas and New Year I can remember. This said we were all safe, the cottages and lodges dry and it even let up for all our crucial festive activities. However, just when we thought it could do no more we finally woke to sunshine but a river that gave away the extent of the overnight rainfall landing in our little valley.
Coombe Bridge was just passable for the feed run though the river was lapping at the edges of the road.
On foot there was no avoiding wading through the puddles.
Just one little footbridge to the farm was passable and the ford disappeared beneath the torrents of the raging stream. Only the tractor and trailer could pass through, anyone attempting it on foot would have been washed downstream.
The view upstream highlighted trees literally swimming in the river
While peeping across from the flooded banks to the Scandinavian lodges made me realise just how little room there was for any further rise in the water levels.
Thankfully this was as far as it rose, the sun rained down on us and the river slowly retreated leaving us safe for another day. I hope it has done it’s worst now where you are too.
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