Floods in town                                       The river in drier times

AS reported on the News page, townspeople woke up on June 26, 2007, to find that the River Weaver had burst its banks after overnight rain that was the culmination of days of wet weather and grey clouds.

   The rising water had cut off the path across Mill Island from the Waterlode to the Millfields Housing Estate and that from Shrewbridge Road to the same estate.

   One resident who had taken her dogs for a walk the previous evening with just a paddle in shallow water, approached the floods and said: "I'll just tuck my trousers into my boots before I go across." She changed her mind when she was told the water was at least two feet deep, probably three.

   Many local photographers were out and about with their cameras, capturing the scenes. Below are some of my pictures of the day the Weaver flooded. 

 

Two people realise their way is blocked

 

No one will be using this seat today

 

The view from the opposite direction with the path marked by the street light

 

Not the River Weaver, but land next to it that is covered in flood water 

 

The racing river opposite the Waterlode

A similar view near to Castle Court

This "island" of trees used to be dry land at the junction of the waters

The river has almost reached the top of the bridge arch as it flows under Welsh Row

One of the photographers on site

The water is nearer these house than usual

The mill race - doing just that. This channel used to carry overflow water by the side of the old corn mill  

With the water nearly over his boots and barely a quarter of the way across, it's time to think again about crossing

This tree used to stand on dry land by the side of the path across Mill Island. This is the view towards the centre of town

Another seat that no one will be using today. This time by The Willows. That's the weir in the far distance - almost level now

Another "snapper snapped" shot as I photograph the flooded path.     Picture: Ian Lightbody 

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