Saturday, 21 November 2009

Here we go again

It's 8.30 am. and the rain has started again. Sean's photos yesterday showed the physical effects of the flood but what was so upsetting was seeing the emotional effect it is having on those directly affected. At Spark Bridge, where a rescue of a trapped resident was underway, people stood anxiously by, in silent small groups, powerless to do anything to help. At Bowness, owners of boats, houses and cars stranded at the marina stood at the periphery of the flood: misery etched on their faces. At Backbarrow by the Whitewater Hotel local people talked with wonder of the river last bursting over the bridge at the start of the last century; not within living memory. This truly phenomenal event is incredible to behold and, in fact, a jaw dropping, once in a lifetime experience for those not directly affected by the damage caused by the flood. For many of the residents and business owners of the Lakes it means nothing but loss and disruption for many months to come.


  1. We are so sorry to read about all this misery. We follow the news, look at the pictures but can't begin to imagine what this is to people who are affected by all the waterfall.
    We hope that everybody we know in the Lake District is OK. It is a tragedy for all those who's houses and shops are flooded.

  2. My heart goes out to everyone effected by the floodwater, especially the family of the policeman killed at Cockermouth.People are going to remember this flood for the rest of their lives. Take care out and about, and stay safe. Kind regards, Mike.