Saturday, 19 December 2015
It's a wee bit wet out there . . .
We have had many rainy days recently, saturating the ground, so when a band of heavy prolonged rain hit, this was the result. When we set out to pick our daughter up from the train station, the river was already across the bottom lane by the Mill, so we had to cross the bridge and turn left and then up the very steep hill on the far side of the valley. We were gone a while, and knew that it would probably be across the lane this side on our return and came back the top way, behind the house.
Just before dark, Tam and I had a walk down the hill to see how bad it was. As you can see, it is pretty dire. The Cothi hasn't risen to these levels in a few years, and there is more rain to come . . .
The river backs up onto the lane, helped by the stream (below) which has spilled out over the bank as it can't get away through the culvert beneath the road.
Things aren't looking good for our neighbour in the bungalow. The river is nearly in his garden where it passes on the far side of the bungalow, and where the ford used to be at the bottom of his garden, the river will by now have joined up with this "lake".
The link fence around the caravan is normally 20 feet away from the edge of the river bank . . . I fear it is worse this morning and more heavy rain is due tomorrow.
The people who were supposed to view last week (and cancelled) asked if we flooded here. Fortunately our house is a good 100 feet up the valley side and no, we don't flood.
We have to go out later on, but will take the top road out. I will try and get some photos of the floodplain of the Towy (which the Cothi joins). I should imagine there is really bad flooding from Carmarthen to Llandeilo and then on up to Llandovery, as it was bad yesterday when we drove home.