Sunday, 1 June 2008

It's finally dropping.

Still moored at Eaton Socon, Great River Ouse.

Over the last 2 days the river has been rising and falling with regular monotony which has been raising our hopes of getting away from here only to dash them again. Last night after getting home from Plymouth at midnight I found the river was still high but apparently not as high as it had been about 12 hours previously.

This morning we found that the river had dropped slightly overnight and during the course of the day it has been falling quite steadily with the level now below that of when we first arrived here. So hopefully we may get away tomorrow or Monday but I'm afraid that EA's communication channels regarding river status is sadly lacking and we don't know when they will remove the padlocks on the lock gates. Even if you ring them you only get the run around and when you finally get to talk to somebody they haven't got a clue what you are talking about. We have been told just to ring the relevant lock keepers, few and far such as they are, and talk to the man on the spot so to speak. So tomorrow if nothing happens we will ring Hermitage Lockkeeper as he will be the decision maker I would imagine, he was suggesting earlier today that it would be Monday.

1159 locks, 1616 miles, 41 Tunnels, 41 swing bridges and 19 lift bridges since Nov 2006

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