Monday, 26 February 2007

Rain, rain, rain.

Now moored at Linslade / Leighton Buzzard.
Total of 145 locks and 1061/2 miles since 5th Nov 2006

Last night we were aware that it was raining but thought nothing of it until this morning. When we looked out of the window, the view across the towpath had changed from Ouzel meadow to Ouzel Lake. The canal also reminded us of the river Kwai in Thailand being muddy brown and full of debris.

After a late breakfast we went for a walk to see the extent of the flooding and take some photos.

These show one of several pathways across the meadow completely under fast flowing water,

the next picture shows water actually topped the canal bank and flooded a short stretch of towpath and the last is an overflow weir from the canal into the river Ouzel.

At one point along the towpath there was water very close to us on both sides.
Talking to a couple out enjoying a Sunday stroll who were amazed at the extent of the flooding as they had lived here for 30 years and never seen it so bad.

Hopefully canals such as the Basingstoke will have got their share and will solve the water shortage problem for a while.

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