Monday, 8 January 2018

Flood gauge


Well, that snow barely lasted a day until it melted (I made the most of the photos I took!) and since then it has rained a lot. Crossing the footbridge into Saltaire's Roberts Park, I always take note of the level of the river. It's easy to gauge. When the water is 'low to normal', the shallow meander holds a muddy beach where ducks and geese gather. (See HERE) As the river level rises the beach gets smaller, until the water laps up against the little wall that defines the edge of the park. That's what it was like the other day, and the cricket pavilion was rather attractively reflected in the unusually calm water. In flood conditions the water will pour over into the park, flooding the footpath (along which the folks in my photo are walking) and lapping up against the second little wall that bounds the cricket pitch. (See HERE) I've only ever seen it rise higher than that on the notorious day of 'the great flood' in December 2015. (See HERE) That day, it inundated the park all across the grassed area and right over the path at the other side, flooding the Half Moon Café at the far side to a depth of several feet.  I shall be monitoring the situation...

5 comments:

  1. That's a fine-looking cricket pavilion, even if the weather at the moment is less than ideal. Not too much rain forecast for the next week.

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  2. Water can be so destructive!

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  3. Nice reflection althouhg the flood can be dangerous.

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  4. It is a fine photo, but now I am worrying about more rain. The 2015 flood was devastating to your area.

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