October 3, 2013
Floods Return to South West England
As recent summers go, we've had a cracker. All that's changing now though. I went for a bike ride earlier this evening, and things were reminiscent of this time last year. The roads were covered in soil and stones washed from the fields. The road along the ridge above here had but a narrow piece of tarmac visible above the brown ponds on either side. Here's a picture I took at the top of the hill:
Summer has gone, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is with us again. By the time I got home I was thirsty, so I turned on the tap. The water ran brown. I've just refreshed this very web site, and the handy flood warning widget revealed this to me, along with a few reminders from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about what's going on with our climate:
I clicked the widget, and sure enough I discovered that there have been five flood alerts issued across South Devon today:
As you can see, the warning triangles are currently amber, which according to the Environment Agency means:
Flooding is possible. Be prepared.
The Met Office headline for South West England this evening reads:
Further heavy showers tonight but gradually turning brighter tomorrow.
[Update on October 4th - Here's the current Surfers Against Sewage interactive map for South Devon]
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