Now all over the world we seem to be having extremes of weather like at the moment in the US & Canada you have snow and ice storms as opposed to the wind and rain we are having here, the one thing you can be sure of is floods after. I know people are putting it down to global warming, but is it. Weather extremes in the UK are a matter of course. We have been having floods for years and heavy snow so in this blog I will show a little of what happened in my lifetime.
First I will take you back 50 years to 1963, that was when I first remember the bad winter (should do I was off school for a month) There had been a lot of rain before Christmas and the Thames flooded. It the froze and snowed, hailed and snowed some more. End result was the Thames froze over along with the floods. That is my mate Chris stood on he floods. There is photo also showing his Uncle stood on the Thames and beside him is a fire with a dead pigeon roasting on it.
The same area from the other direction showing how flooded it was in 2012, the spoil heap was flattened off and is to the left.
Back to the floods. Again this was taken around 1963 and shows the are called Cholsey Marsh. The Thames path is not in evidence yet will go past the boathouse.
This is the same area a few years ago when it was flooded, the boathouse is still there to the right.
A little to the left of the boathouse is more of the marsh and what is known locally as Ferry Lane
Same bit forty years later and as you can see a few more willows have grown.
This is Ferry lane when it is flooded. The Thames is about 100 meters in the distance.
I took this not far from where I live, the area gets flooded badly in heavy rain like you can see in the photo below
Normally the road would look like this. The photo of the mini in the snow was taken along the road past the trees you see to the left.
This is a view of Cholsey from and old Roman road outside the village, you can see the whole are is covered in snow.
We also get the odd icicle
These two cheap ass plastic labels can be seen to the right of the large step in the photo above.
This is the bridge and flood level in 2003
Christmas day 2012 it looked like this
and this was taken a few days ago, you need to reference the railings on the left in the last few photos
Same view in 2013 showing a lot more water.
One of the other things thant happens after snow and rain is the fields flood like you can see here in he distance
Footpaths become waterlogged & impassable if your not prepared
The gulls take full advantage of it though
The drainage ditches are the problem as they can't cope. The whole area I just showed was once marsh so does tend to get waterlogged but it does not take away the fact half the problem we have is lack of drainage.