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Too Much Water All at Once

Post 1

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Just at the moment there's some difficulty here on account of too much water all at once. Flooding actually began 3:30am (9:30am GMT).

Here are some photos
http://picasaweb.google.com/benchmark.eng.surv/100YearFloodRuidosoDownsNM

Our river is still at flood stage, but it's begun to subside. The bridge I use, which is the only means of ingress and egress by road from my house, has survived so far, but there are reports of other bridges upstream that have washed out.

Myself, Ms P and all our neighbors are safe and dry - and we are all well above the flood - so if the bridge washes out it will be a severe inconvenience, but not life threatening.

(smiley - ok so far, but somewhat smiley - erm)


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Post 2

aka Bel - A87832164

Wow, that looks pretty serious. smiley - yikes

Hope the water will reside and all will go well. smiley - hug

smiley - goodluck


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Post 3

aka Bel - A87832164

Or even subside. smiley - blush

My head is not clear today , sorry.


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Post 4

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

smiley - goodluck with what you're dealing with smiley - hug keep us informed smiley - ok
smiley - angel
*goes off to do some praying/calling in favours*

smiley - grovel


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Post 5

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)

So far so good.

All of the bridges in this area are reported to be under water, but not washed out. Ours is holding (its breath under water) and the rain stopped about two hours ago.

Tomorrow, I'll probably get across somehow and help evaluate the bridges for soundness. This is one of the unenviable tasks of the local engineer and the exercise involves first a careful examination and then second being the first one across. People just want to know how confident the engineer is in the determination - either that or they feel that engineers are expendable.

Probably the latter smiley - erm


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Post 6

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

smiley - sadface

OMG please be carefulsmiley - cuddle


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Post 7

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Not to worry - I'm quite careful when it comes to things like my own well being.


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Post 8

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

*throws some smiley - magic charms around the place anyway*


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Post 9

aka Bel - A87832164

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. smiley - hug


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Post 10

U168592

You make sure you wear your wellies young man.

Seriously though, take care smiley - smiley


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Post 11

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


It's official - our bridge is now out of commission. The footing on one side scoured out and dropped about 2 feet - right before my eyes.

The bridge hasn't washed away yet, but it's now essentially failed. If it will at least stay put we can walk out tomorrow. Otherwise, we'll have to wait for the water to completely subside. Making a temporary low-water crossing will take longer.

This morning at 3:30am before the water had reached the bridge Ms P and I drove one of the cars over to the other side just in case this would happen. So we're not stranded exactly - as long as we can get across on foot.


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Post 12

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


(a temporary low water crossing for cars, i mean)


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Post 13

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

smiley - ermhow are you going to reach your cars?

*worries and frets*


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Post 14

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Actually, I've got waders that come to above my waist so when the flood water is subsided and not ripping along so fast, I can safely make it across on foot and then walk to the car - but this probably won't happen now for a day or two.

Meantime, I guess I'll be able to catch up on the backlog of office work, since the office is at home.

Here's an odd coincidence - Just friday I was completing the field work for a flood elevation certificate for a house two doors down from the bridge - so now I have photos of it safely perched three feet above the 100-year flood stage to include in the report.


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Post 15

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


btw, i've been uploading photos to that picasa album right along, from when there was a bridge to when there was not. i guess it's complete now.


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Post 16

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

smiley - ermI'll go look at the rest of the photos in a minute, have you decided to stay where you are then? You have supplies to last until the water has subsided? I'm really shocked by this, I thought you lived in an arid desertsmiley - erm

*waders that come to above my waist*
Don't go in water that deep!smiley - yikes
smiley - sadfaceThe thought of pailaway swept away smiley - sadface


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Post 17

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

In honour of your predicament no doubt, your "Telling a Tall Tale" is FPsmiley - applause

Hope that brings you some cheersmiley - cheers

*hangs around for some news*

smiley - teasmiley - zen


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Post 18

The H2G2 Editors

Good luck with everything pailaway and congratulations on your Front Page Entry today. smiley - ok


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Post 19

Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

Uncanny timing, thatsmiley - yikes


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Post 20

pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


It is uncanny! Thanks! smiley - wow

As of now, a few of us castaways got some debris cleared and I found a safe path for myself down to the submerged end of the bridge and over to where it's above water.

Then we were able to place some planks to make a way for people to walk from the bank down to bridge. I, of course, was the first one across and when it didn't fail everyone seemed relieved - for my sake, I like to think smiley - laugh.

So, we have now made physical contact with the outside world.


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