22nd January 2021 Flood water rising in Chester – Time for change, Climate Change! Day 302 since lockdown began in the UK

A beautiful blue sky day again today, although a bit icy. We went down to the Groves in Chester to find the River Dee well over it’s banks. The icy bits were partly because we went out earlier, other things to do later in the day. We cycled slowly and carefully and got home without incident or accident.

Lots of florescent coated people and white sandbags going down to save the houses beyond The Groves. One house further down the row seemed to be pumping water out of the basement.

Expected the River to be high and it did not disappoint. A few people out watching the water rise! We were able to cycle along keeping to the right and there were no barriers up at the time we passed through.

The door beneath the bandstand was flooded as were all the tiered seating. The trees and benches remained dry while we were on The Groves. The seagull didn’t seem much fussed!

We cycled on up to the Millennium Way as far as the old Blacon railway station. We looked down at one point onto what I think is the Deva Link road and it was impassably flooded.

Deva Link Road impassably flooded in Chester. Viewed from the Millennium Way.

We came back pretty much the same way and the Meadows were definitely more inundated than they had been.

The Meadows in the distance were inundated. Also called ‘The Earl’s Eye’ this part of the floodplain has never been built upon and as such is designed to take the floodwater to avoid other places being drowned. The river was just the other side of the wall a few cm below toe level!

We live about 20m above seal level and the River Dee here is about 6m. So for our house to flood there would need to be a 14m rise! Not sure that is forecast as a result in global warming, but all the properties facing the river at the foot of the river cliffs on either side of the Dee will be in trouble if flooding continues to increase and possible sea level rises back the river up beyond the weir by the Old Dee Bridge.

North bank of the River Dee looking eastward, the houses on the left have access via Deva Terrace being in Boughton.

Time we got to grips with global warming and climate change. Come on Greta Thunberg and her generation, looking for younger wiser heads to do what previous generations, including mine, have failed to do.

As always, just a few more of my thoughts.

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE I WILL STAY AT HOME, KEEP THE 2m RULE AND WEAR A FACE MASK

Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

Stay safe.

Welsh Government’s Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships can be found here:

https://gov.wales/guidance-marriages-and-civil… and the frequently asked questions at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…

To read the current Government guidance on getting married in England please follow this link: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

You may also want to read the frequently asked questions sections of the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

  1. Simply have to be fitter than I was with all this cycling! Probably wouldn’t be difficult.
  2. Roast potatoes and lentil bake for dinner.

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