Thursday, 19 November 2009

Flooded Keswick




This is the scene outside the Friends Meeting House at 1pm today where we should have been attending our Embroiderers' Guild workshop making bags. As you can see from the following photo it would have been more appropriate if I had been teaching them sailing.....

This photo is taken slightly to the right of the first one in Booths Supermarket carpark, which although impossible to cross to without wellies was still open and trading. Actually this was a couple of reporters I think judging by the huge cameras they had with them hitching a lift with the Firemen who had borrowed a Canadian canoe from the local marina.Some people just sploshed through regardless.




So a very wet Keswick it is today and the Police advise all people who have booked B & B's here to not come at all, because there is only one road open and it is essential that it is kept clear for emergency vehicles.
So if you know of anyone who was coming to Keswick please pass on the message.

Luckily, I am not in an area which has been evacuated but some of my friends are and my heart goes out to them because one friend was 10 months out of her home a couple of years back and now will be flooded again. The rain is not due to stop until sometime early tomorrow morning so it is going to get worse not better tonight as the fells (mountains) are soaked and the water is pouring off them down the valleys and into the rivers. I believe it is going to be a better day on Friday but the rain is due back for the weekend. I will stay inside and carry on with a log cabin quilt I have started, it's the best thing to do........

4 comments:

BilboWaggins said...

What dreadful pictures Lyn (*I don't mean your photographs are bad!). The TV pics of Cockermouth earlier were awful - similar depths of rain throughout Main Street.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, glad you and Pete are OK but feel for your friends. Suspect it is going to look a whole lot worse in the morning.

Lyn Armstrong said...

Thanks for visiting Jayne, I saw the Main St in Cockermouth was under 18" of water, that is terrible, what a mess for all the shop keepers. Keswick town centre is ok but a lot of the shops closed. Down by the Catholic Church, where the River Greta is pouring over the defences, and also on Penrith Road where its broken onto the main road it seems to be at its deepest. But the old Methodist Chapel outside Booths was converted to 5 little houses and they have 18" of water in them now, they knew it flooded badly there too and they still converted the Chapel, it was senseless.

BilboWaggins said...

Hi Lyn,
just seen the pictures of Cockermouth on Sky News - Main Street under 4 feet of water and rising. It is always dreadful to see images like this but when it's your own town that you love, it hurts, very much.

Lyn Armstrong said...

Oh no, that is terrible news. I don't know what to say.. I love Keswick, but Cockermouth is special too, hell I got married there! I have just checked outside again and it seems to have calmed down a bit but it has not stopped raining.