Severe Weather Warning

Crikey. I don’t think I’d even heard of a Red Weather Warning before, much less had to try and sleep through one.

The rain started at about 4.00 p.m. on Friday and carried on, virtually non-stop, for 18 hours. I lay awake listening to the deluge and wondering what the consequences would be.

The river is noisy.. very noisy. But it has stayed within its banks.

We escaped lightly compared to some and my heart goes out to those who have been flooded. For us, thankfully, no water entered the house. Discounting a new damp patch at the bottom of the kitchen wall.

But water did cascade down the bank behind the house and is still seeping out of the bottom of it at an alarming rate. The French Drain has coped well enough and created a fast-flowing stream that we didn’t have prior to yesterday.

Mike disappeared down to B&Q and came back clutching several lengths of plastic guttering, to channel the water away. It was just like watching that Wallace and Gromit cartoon where the track is getting laid about a foot ahead of the rapidly advancing train. Practical solution, and it works, but not what you’d call rustic.

New item for The List (no. 329..): Construction of Permanent Rainwater Gully.