An area set aside for car parking in Windsor Great Park turns into a lake.
widespread standing water in the fields.
The night of October 29-30th, Sunday/Monday
night, weather forecasters predicted major winds and rain across
the whole of the UK, perhaps as serious as October 1987. So it
was that the south coast took a battering from reported gusts
up to 90mph coupled with heavy rain. It was only two weeks ago
that Lewes and other towns and villages in Kent and Sussex had
suffered major flooding of the town centres and radio reports
today warn that the same might happen again with water levels
rising by as much as 4 metres. The high tide, arriving at midday
today prevents the swollen rivers from flowing to the sea and
so the torrent backs up and inundates any low lying land.
Even after the storm of last night leaves remain on this
horse chestnut in Alma Road.
It remains to be seen to what extent
the river will rise as waters from the upper reaches arrive in
this area. Whilst it is unlikely that levels will rise to a serious
level, a similar situation now exists whereby land no longer
able to absorb excess rainfall will immediately run off into
the river valley. In 1947 the cause of the floods was frost and
frozen ground. Today the same effect exists through waterlogged
ground. Extended rain, such as has been hinted at by the forecasters
along the length of the valley could just tip the balance and
raise the water level such that residential areas are once again
affected though it should be stressed that phenomenal amounts
of rain would be required to cause major havoc...