Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Après le deluge
Three days after the floods, the waters are receding, leaving just mud and debris behind.
You can see how high the water level reached, from the tideline of twigs and dirt left on the slopes. The compressed gravel path beside the weir was completely swept away.
The Boathouse left high, if not dry, ready for the mopping out to begin. Unfortunately another storm is blowing in, promising more heavy rain, so any clear up may be a bit premature.
The Salts Sports Club has been badly affected. These were the tennis courts and below, the main drive.
The once pristine bowling green is a swamp of mud.
These houses narrowly avoided inundation; you can see the line of debris showing where the high-water mark came to.
Others were not so lucky. The mill flats beside Hirst Weir (see here) were flooded.
The Bradford and Bingley Rugby Club is no stranger to flooding, as it occupies the designated flood plain, but this flood came up much higher than usual and inundated the clubhouse.
Opposite the Rugby Club, Beckfoot School has lost a sports pitch and gained a boating lake! I used to live in a bungalow in the row of dwellings that you can see in the photo. I'm glad I moved! They were flooded.