It was the worst flooding in the West Country in forty years, so the News said.
Yes, I know – we got flooded yesterday!
It had rained for several days, and during Tuesday night the rain became torrential. When I looked out of the window at dawn, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Our stream had turned into a raging torrent and was running over the two bridges instead of under!
I woke my husband and we started the vain task of stopping the water from getting into the house. As the house is 500 years old, it has no foundations, so not only did the water flow in over the barrier he put at the front door, but it came up through the floors.
As you can see, the flood had surrounded the house and was pouring into the Garden Room. I tried putting down newspapers and old towels, but it was a waste of time.
As soon as we’d bowed to the inevitable, we started moving what we could upstairs, and raised other furniture on blocks. Just as well – by 9 0’clock the whole of the downstairs was 2" deep in water.
This is the hall.
The sitting room – some of the parquet tiles came loose and Henry found one floating around!
The water had even flooded into the back garden, and flowed under the door into the kitchen. Our electricity had gone off, but we have a generator, so my husband got that going and we managed to get some breakfast at around 11 0’clock.
I mentioned Henry – the poor dog just didn’t know what to make of all this water – and nowhere to sit or lie down! He spent the morning dashing round after one or other of us – making waves.
The rain stopped by lunch time, and the water started to drain away, but of course it left silt behind it, and the fitted carpets are absolutely saturated. We’ve had a go at clearing up, but the forecast for tonight is horrific, so we’re leaving the furniture as it is. I don’t expect I’ll sleep tonight!
Today I’ve been hearing about other people in the locality who also got flooded – several, unsurprisingly.
My husband waded up the path and took photos of the lane outside – if you can call it a lane!
We’re trying to ‘think positive’ about it all, and count our blessings. It could have been much, much worse…but I really hope it doesn’t happen again tonight!
- 22 Nov, 2012
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