Just back on line after an enforced break blogging.Local flooding has caused chaos round these parts,our telephone connection went down on Thursday and has just gone back on again late this afternoon.Slight inconvenience for us, compared to the total disruption to the main street business community, hundreds of houses wrecked by the water,and a policemans life lost trying to keep others safe.
I had an appointment in town on Thursday.The weather was atrocious and had been all day, but not that uncommon around here.As I got into town I realised it was far worse than I had ever seen .I walked along the street to the Trout Hotel which backs on to the River and noticed that the water had risen so high that the picnic tables were under water and the ducks were swimming around the car park.It was still a way from flooding the street though.
I went on to my appointment and as I was having a massage we heard sirens and lots of activity outside.By the time I left, the water was knee deep in parts along the street.I got back to the car with two boots full of water but was lucky I got out when I did because it rose rapidly after that.People had to be air lifted and rescued by boats.
The whole main street is ruined and it could be six months to a year before it is fully open and trading again.
There is never a good time for anything like this to happen but it seems even harsher at this time of year to have lost everything and to be displaced from your home.My thoughts are with all those affected.