Monday, 4 January 2021

Monday Long Song

This is the meadow, across the way from my place, underwater on Xmas Day and visible again on Monday 28th.

In the week leading up to Christmas I drove to work in the dark and I drove home in the dark. No biggie, it's what happens at this time of year. On December 22nd it started raining and didn't really stop until the early hours of Christmas morning. The rain coincided with unusually strong tidal surges along the River Waveney. Throughout those commutes I hit standing water several times, which I don't mind admitting is a bloody scary thing to happen in the dark. I'm not talking puddles either. These were fast flowing, deep streams, moving across the carriageway and it got to the point where I just hoped for the best that I'd make it through some of them without flooding and stalling the car. While I made it by the skin of my teeth, others weren't so lucky and several vehicles stood abandoned by the side of the road. All this time, I was obviously aware of the ferocity of the weather conditions, but had no visual confirmation as I journeyed through the darkness. I was just grateful to make it to and from in one piece.

On Christmas morning I woke to a message from a friend checking in to see if I'd been affected by the floods. He'd read online that the emergency services had been on the scene in my town for the whole night. When I looked online myself, the first thing I saw was a photo of a fire engine standing in a very familiar location - directly outside my place. I went out for a wander in the warm sunshine and saw the devastation for myself. The worst flooding in this area for over 50 years by all accounts, for a while only one road remained passable in and out of town. Surreal scenes of streams, paths, fields and roads all gone, replaced by vast lakes. All the properties beyond mine in my street, down towards the river were either still under water or had sustained serious flood damage overnight and, as I walked around the outskirts of the town, the story was repeated again and again. It was terrible to see people having to salvage their saturated belongings on Christmas Day, particularly at the end of such a dreadful year. Just over a week later and the water has gone, but for the unfortunate households affected, the clean-up will take considerably longer.


Released in 1979 on the legendary Studio One label and produced by the equally legendary Coxsone Dodd, 'Flood Victim' rides the popular Real Rock riddim, well known to many for its use in Willie Williams' original recording of 'Armagideon Time'.  

Windel Haye & Captain Morgan - Flood Victim


Ernie Goggins said...

Sounds like you had a very narrow escape. Sorry to hear about your neighbours but good that you were relatively unscathed

Martin said...

Sorry for your neighbours but relieved for you. The impact on Norfolk was a bit overshadowed in national media coverage, but the EDP covered it in depth and it looked horrible. A senior officer in the fire service was tweeting this useful flood warning website that might be of interest in the future:

Happy new year, though.

C said...

Shocking stuff - so glad you and your property are okay but must be so awful for those around you who were affected, and on Christmas Day too at the end of such a shitty year. Perhaps we should start building houses on stilts! Fingers crossed it won't happen again.

The Swede said...

I'm on the 2nd & 3rd floor, so safe from water damage in any eventuality, though if the waters had crept a little further up the road the ground floor apartments might've taken a hit, along with the electricity for the whole building I would've thought. Some of the properties that got it worse are such lovely old places. it's awful to see. Suddenly the idea of a period house with private mooring doesn't seem so appealing.
Thanks for that link Martin.

Alyson said...

Crikey, glad you escaped a flooded home but awful for those who did. It’s the most beautiful period properties that are bearing the brunt of these freaky weather happenings.

Thanks again for braving the elements every day to get to work - Hope everyone is a bit kinder and less grabby this time around.

Swiss Adam said...

Jeez, bad news and terrible for your neighbours.

Rol said...

"Count your blessings," seems a particularly hollow thing to say when others are suffering, but sometimes... take care, as always, Swede.

Brian said...

Having similar issues in these parts, Swede. Glad you came out of it okay. Driving at night in those conditions is scary stuff.

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