Monday, July 23, 2007

here comes the flood?

Strange waiting time this weekend. The Thames is in flood, and rising, and apparently will come our way. The Environment Agency say that it may peak this afternoon, tonight or tomorrow. We have no sandbags. The house is in precautionary chaos - sofa and chairs raised up on tables, all my vinyl LPs upstairs on the landing, with all our photo albums. Saw 2 crazy guys attempt to swim the river yesterday afternoon - they dived in and were taken downstream very fast, just managing to make the far bank. Gail and I took our car to higher ground last night near the Iffley Road. Everywhere the air is cold and wet from the river.

6 comments:

bigdaddystevieB said...

Had actually been thinking about you both (and the possible flooding) over the weekend. Horrible situation. In our prayers. hugs

si smith said...

we're thinking of you too...

Ian Adams said...

Phew! The sun is out and it looks like we are going to be OK. My gaffa tape and earth work defences may not be tested after all. Thanks for all the messages of solidarity.

si smith said...

just seen the news with shots from the helicopter - hope that you're still ok - you're still very much in our thoughts...

Ian Adams said...

Spoke too soon! We woke Wednesday to find the lake behing our house flowing into our garden. Most of neighbours were flooded out. Everyone was trying to shore up defences but it was like trying to stop the tide take away a sandcastle. Our house is about 18" higher and in the end we stayed just dry. We've had no power since Wednesday afternoon, but it was restored late last night. Now the clean up...

bigdaddystevieB said...

hope you're still just above the waterline? saw the photo of Matt's house on his blog (so depressing). Drove up to Brum yesterday to collect Alice+Mikey and went past huge flooded areas around Tewkesbury. having a house on hill has its advantages! hang in there. hugs