For Somerset it has been the wettest January on record since they begun in 1910, for Shropshire it’s has been wet but not as bad. The flood barriers went up in Ironbridge early this morning so I thought I’d take a stroll to see how things are getting along.
I could only stroll so far as the path was flooded and as I threw my hiking boots out I didn’t want to get my shoes soaked (note to self: buy new boots). The river is going at an insane pass, probably faster than Bolt.
The pub just across the river from us isn’t under water yet but getting close. Their garden is now a pond and part of the road is a large puddle. On their door are flood level markings, thankfully this year they’ve not needed to add to it, yet.
Pubs on river fronts are a wonderful thing in the summer but not to brilliant in the winter months. The Half Moon’s picnic tables normally spread down another ten – fifteen feet to the river and still have a bit of room to spare. Not today. The pub it self is safe, but if it gets much worse I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few picnic tables floating down the river.
After having to turn around due to a flooded path I headed into Ironbridge itself. The road is closed so I parked up and walked in. You can see how high the river is! This is from today:
and this is from last summer:
Just on passed the bridge the flood barriers are up and a very bored looking warden keeps an eye. Shops are open but I can’t see them getting much business today! Let’s hope that the barriers work and keep the shops and houses in Ironbridge safe.
Hopefully the water will subside soon and everything will be back to normal.