20 November 2009

Levels: High (Honky Tonky Rag Time)

You'd have to be pretty dim to not know that Cumbria is on a full scale flood alert. Carlisle seems to have got off lightly compared to other Cumbrian towns like Cockermouth and Workington, where bridges have been washed away by the flood waters.

The university decided to cancel lectures today, once I had driven the 19 miles to campus, as they decided that it was a bit dangerous to be travelling in the county. This did give me the opportunity to get some pictures of the impressive flooding around Carlisle. Obviously the improvements in 2006, after the 2005 flooding, have worked as it seems that the water is sitting in the fields rather than in people's front room.

Eden Bridge, Carlisle. You can just make out how high the river has been.

Looking upstream from Rickerby Park.

Looking downstream to Eden Bridge, Carlisle. The river is usually flowing through the middle two arches.

Looking upstream from Eden Bridge, Carlisle.

Looking across playing fields to the Memorial Bridge over the River Eden.

The River Petteril, which is about 100m away from my house, out of its banks.

This weekend is my 5* Assessment. As far as I know it's still going ahead, but I wouldn't be surprised if it got rearranged; it seems a bit disrespectful to be out on the rivers, putting ourselves in danger, whilst the emergency services are trying to keep people safe from the torrents.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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