Saturday, 5 December 2015

Another disaster in the making?

It now seems incredibly shallow that on Thursday I was worried about a couple of inches of water in the Coppice flower beds.  Watching the news on Sky TV is heartbreaking and the only difference from November 2009 is that there are not, currently, Sea King helicopters visible from the sitting room as they airlift Cockermouth residents from flooded homes.

As I write this Cockermouth is already flooded - our neighbour tried to get to his daughter's house earlier but failed.  Keswick, Ambleside, Borrowdale, Braithwaite and goodness knows where else, the places we have come to know and love are once again under water.  Unfortunately, knowing the area so well it is too easy to imagine where else is being devastated.

This flood water is the rain which fell on Thursday night and nearly all of it eventually feeds into the River Derwent and then past Bag End.  We are wondering what the levels will be in the morning, and whether Cumbria Highways will close the village bridge and once again cut us off from the A66 . . .

The photos I took earlier of water in the lonning are somewhat superfluous.

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  1. It now sounds so much worse than your last post. I love that area and especially round Keswick because of staying there and sightseeing the surrounds. Keep us updated, please. Stay warm,dry and cosy. Take care.

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  2. Keep safe Jayne, you and everyone up there.

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  3. Susan, Jessica, thank you.

    Right now it is time for bed, feeling so very grateful that I am warm and dry. There is now a helicopter visible over Cockermouth, and we can see that part of the town is without electricity. Been looking at Twitter but that just confirms what we can see in the distance.

    My heart breaks for the businesses in our local towns who have worked so hard to rebuild since 2009 only to have it washed away again. For many of these traders that's all their Christmas sales just gone . . . we are wondering if, this time, some of them just will not be able to face it again and our lovely old fashioned main streets in Keswick and Cockermouth will end up with many empty store fronts.

    We'll know more tomorrow when it's light.

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  4. We have lived in this house for over thirty years and never experienced this much rain, our cellar is flooded for the first time ever its spouting up through the floor the ground must be so sodden it just has know where to escape, but we are lucky we are warm and dry like you we are on a hill so the water does run away, it must be heartbreaking for those whose home and business are flooded for the second and third time

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    1. Hi Ann, glad you are safe. Sorry about your cellar, we've got the same with the garages - there is so much water in the ground it's obviously not able to drain the way it normally does.

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  5. Don't be quite so hard on yourself - your mini flooding makes your so much more aware and increases your empathy and makes you realise how lucky you have been. Sending hugs to you and strength to those experiencing the floods.

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    1. Thanks Hawthorn. Empathy is not difficult when you live in a small community, but it is still a shock to realise this has happened again. I'm feeling numb this morning.

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  6. Keep safe Jayne. Been thinking of you these past few days xx

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    1. Hey, brilliant to hear from you! Thanks for your good wishes - will email!!

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  7. I can't believe it's happening again ,,, it's heartbreaking. I have been thinking about you and hoping you are ok. Stay safe all of you x

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    1. Jill, you have summed up exactly how I feel. Disbelief . . . {{shaking head}}, going to take Daisy for a short walk now, hope that might clear my head.

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