Yesterday whilst in Worcester I walked down to see the flood levels which had reached record highs on the River Severn. Many roads were closed to traffic in the town centre and every street had fluorescent clad figures helping the emergency services to evacuate locals and assist people to go about their daily lives.
Even so, the City was eerily quiet and unusually the smell of ozone was in the air, odd given that it is many miles from the sea!
Flood waters in town have exceeded the level seen in 1795
Watery Riverside Walk
Even a BBC umbrella was abandoned by a TV presenter!
With day after day of more flooding reports and weather alerts on the news, by now most of us have had enough of this prolonged wet and windy winter, but as the days lengthen there are signs that spring is not far away…
The sunshine this morning prompted me to take a short walk around the lanes nearby making a nice change from my usual walks on country paths which are either under water or knee deep in mud!
Today the level of the water in the Bow Brook which runs through the village was as I expected very high as it makes its way downstream to add to the problems in Worcester.
But on the banks were some signs that spring is coming…
Male Alder catkins begin to disperse their pollen to the winds
Blue skies for a change!
Clumps of snowdrops alongside the verges
On reaching the ford as usual in such conditions, the road was flooded, the old pack horse bridge although still visible…sometimes is completely submerged!
Old pack horse bridge at Shell Ford
Old oak tree with buds beginning to show
Spring is not too far away now hopefully as evidenced by the primroses but, having just looked at the forecast, more gales and rain are set to batter the country yet again tomorrow…we are not out of the woods just yet!