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The Power of Floodwaters

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You might remember late in 2015 and going in to 2016 there were some terrible floods in Angus and Aberdeenshire. Ballater had its Caravan Park washed away completely when the River Dee burst its Banks and flooded the whole town. Nearer to here, the River North Esk at Edzell was raised by about 30 feet. And the ‘Shuggly Brig’ was damaged so that on our last visit we couldn’t use it. But on Thursday we found it repaired and on the other side of the river the debris from 2 years ago was still evident. Rubbish and plastic bags is still hanging from half way up some of the remaining mature trees, and the tons of timber brought down the river are still lying where they landed when the flood receded. It makes for a strangely haunting sight with a now very peaceful shallow river bed.

I love a river walk, and have often envied those whose properties back on to our beautiful Salmon rivers, especially where they are shallow and peaceful. But I can’t imagine how frightening it would be to see a wall of violent flood water coming towards my home. You just never know what nature might hurl at you. Still….all is peaceful and calm again…for now.

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Eerie like you say Karen and it's almost like the tree debris remains as evidence of what happened, you can't ever under estimate the power of water can you.

20 Jan, 2018

 

A warning from nature every time you pass the battered trees.

20 Jan, 2018

 

When I bought my woods, I couldn't get from the front to the back without climbing over a lot of trees that had been blown over during a windstorm in 1988. There are several trees that are still horizontal, and several root balls to remind me of how strong the winds can get. But they do make great wood for the fireplace after a couple of years.

20 Jan, 2018

 

There are still similar sights in woods around Sussex from the great storm of 1987 ... it really is astounding how much the weather can change the scenery in a short space of time!

20 Jan, 2018

 

we wondered how far downstream they had been carried. there were no holes, they hadn't been torn out from where they lay. i was surprised that they hadn't been taken for firewood. too hard to get a vehicle to them perhaps.

20 Jan, 2018

 

Wow, the speed of the rushing water must have been tremendous then Karen!

20 Jan, 2018

 

I remember when I first Joined I was envious of Spritz because she had the stream alongside her garden, I changed my mind a few years later, you know well what I mean and why, we love the Lake District, Devon ,Cornwall many such places but I'm often thankful I live here, you just do not stand a chance really when Mother Nature throws a tantrum, as you say peaceful now but those trees were taken along by a force stronger than us

20 Jan, 2018

 

yes, exactly LL and Shirley

20 Jan, 2018

 

I am surprised nobody has taken the wood for their garden to create a stumpery/etc or firewood.......water wherever it is needs to be respected....I remember Spritz her house and garden flooding, and what a nightmare it was .......

20 Jan, 2018

 

Yes, that was dire. Angela, you'd be very surprised at how few gardeners there are in Scotland!

20 Jan, 2018

 

Really Karen, you are going to get so many visitors.......you had better start baking now lol!

20 Jan, 2018

 

I will be doing some baking ahead...just in case!

20 Jan, 2018

 

Things are really put into perspective Karen, when the elements take over.. This isn't Edzell though? I agree, it is amazing the wood hasn't been taken if only to dry for log burners etc. Just imagine how much a piece of driftwood would cost in some high end interiors shop. Little Molly there enjoying herself too...

20 Jan, 2018

 

Hi Janey. Yes, this is the river at Edzell.

20 Jan, 2018

 

Nature really knows how to put us in our place. It is as you say, Karen, a haunting sight.

Janey, not sure what the law is around that area but here we are not allowed to help ourselves to wood unless we are "commoners".

When we had a few trees chopped down and trimmed last year, the logs ended up on the heath but we encouraged neighbours to take them as they had belonged to us!

Karen, I have fond memories of a small garden centre somewhere in Scotland. Younger Son, on his own, ended up with 6d there to buy a "bouquet" for his mum. He came back with a lovely one!

21 Jan, 2018

 

Thank you Eirlys!

23 Jan, 2018

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