Baron von Beerfest

Baron von Beerfest

Posted on 06/28/2007

Photo taken on June 27, 2007

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I stopped by on my way home tonight to take a look at the floods. For those of you who might not be aware, we are currently experiencing some of the worst floods in various parts of England. Torrential rainfall has caused flash floods in parts of the country. Drains in many places have trouble coping. City centers are flooded. River banks have burst. Many people are homeless, with much of their possession destroyed.

This is a stretch of road along my normal route to work. When I drove past late last night both sides of the road were already under water. I just about made it through. As water levels began to recede in Northern England, the floods were only just starting in the Midlands. Upton-upon-Severn is prone to flooding in winter, but summer floods are rare events here. If you thought the winter floods were bad enough, this is much worse.

Water levels are expected to rise to their highest sometime tonight. Perhaps they should consider renaming the town "Upton-under-Severn". Fortunately, the emergency flood barriers seem to be doing a pretty good job of holding the water back to avoid more of the town [behind me] coming under water.

As I stood on a 4-in ledge towards the right of this scene taking more pictures, some kids in a Jeep started coming at me. Both sides of the ledge were submerged in water inches deep, and I was trying to run away before the Jeep got anywhere near. Needless to say I made one wrong step and my poor new boots got rather wet. I was not impressed.

[The resizing somehow makes this image look horrible on here. Have a look here instead. Not all that great, but much better than it looks on here.]