8 Nov 2019

End of week news


Yesterday here in Sheffield and surrounding regions we had a month's rainfall in a single day.  The outcome was that the River Don burst its banks and the valley floor flooded just as it had done in 2007. Families were trapped in the Meadowhall mega centre yesterday evening. A special event had attracted even more people than usual.  Unfortunately they had to stay there for the night. Vehicles also had to be abandoned and people rescued by the emergency services.  Our daughter who had to get to and from work at the hospital knew what was happening and was worried that we were also out-and-about.  Actually I had to get to an out-of-town clinic for a specialist physiotherapy appointment, but as this was early morning we were back home by mid morning.
We have several rivers here and the water level everywhere is very high and will rise further if the heavy rain continues.  I feel so sorry for the people who have experienced flooded houses and businesses again.
Mr P had to go to the GP surgery this morning which at least is on high ground as is the area of the local park where the library and walled garden is located. As another library book that I had reserved was in I went with him and went to the park whilst he was at the doctor's. Thankfully the rain had stopped - so different from yesterday.



The squirrels were out-and-about and no doubt they had 
found places to shelter during the rainy deluge.





a eucalyptus tree in the walled garden


The school children have been busy making more decorations
These interesting fish models had survived the wet and windy weather.




I spotted a new garden ornament.


Back home, feeling thankful for our warm house I shall make a start on my library book, the latest in the Simon Serrailler series. 
Thank you for your visit and I hope that wherever you are and whatever you're doing you have a peaceful weekend,
Linda :)

16 comments:

  1. enjoy your book, so glad to see the sun was out and you could wander and take photos for us while he was at the doc visit. that is horrible about the damn bursting, I hope no one lost their lives. flooding is so scary and that would be awful to have to spend the night there. but it sounds like they were safe..

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    1. Thank you Sandra. Very thankful we are safe. It was the river not the dam that caused flooding. There has been one fatality we know of. Sudden rushing water is strong and very dangerous.

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  2. So sorry to hear about the rainy day and the flood... In The Italian region Liguria they are having problems too, for the abundant rain.
    Hope the weekend is safe for all.
    Lovely squirrels!

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    1. Thank you Luisella. When there's constant rain there's the danger of landslides in the high regions as well as flooding. The weather is becoming unpredictable everywhere either drought conditions or the opposite.

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  3. Hello Linda, My goodness! I am glad you are safe and dry. It's hard to believe looking at your beautiful autumn photos that it was deluging the day before. Yes, the weather is definitely unpredictable everywhere these days. I hope you can just put your feet up and enjoy your new library book. Blessings to you.

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    1. As more information comes through from our daughter and local updates on the news we're thankful that we live on high ground and can choose to stay indoors. I had to cancel my second physio appointment because of road closures and promise to daughter not travel far but to stay in our neighbourhood for now. Thank you for coming by Gloria. It's good to hear from you. Bless you.

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  4. You wouldn't know from your photos how awful the weather has been and that the floods are just round the corner. I'm so pleased to hear you have managed to keep clear of them. The library park looks beautiful and I'm sure you're going to enjoy that book. 😊

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    1. The library and garden are located on a high bank, but lower areas of the park and some main roads alongside the River Don are vulnerable to flooding when there is continuous heavy rain. We experienced the 2007 major flood and were grateful then that we had moved to a house on high ground. It must be devastating to be affected by the floods again.

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  5. So glad you were able to get out for medical appointments, library and a litle fresh air. The floods are awful it's so sad to see so many places we know well being affected by it, especially Matlock which we visit often. I hope you have a peaceful weekend and enjoy reading your book, I've just recently read and enjoyed it:)

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    1. The local television news broadcast this morning showed the area around Matlock and it was a sad sight to see the state of the houses and the small business enterprises where the water level had damaged household items and stock, many goods having been stored in cellars. Our Derbyshire son and wife seem to be safe and well.

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  6. Oh that flooding is downright scary Linda! I’m glad you suffered no serious trouble and hope that continues. So sorry for those in the path if the water. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Sallie. As you can imagine sudden high levels of rushing water as rivers burst their banks is devastating. We feel sympathy for the victims of the floods.

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  7. I saw those awful floods on TV, how sad for all those affected. I'm glad all is well with you and yours. Here's to the water receding and people getting back on their feet. Lovely squirrel pictures.xxx

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    1. Extreme weather conditions are awful for people and animals and I too hope there's respite from the heavy rain so that the clear up can take place. The squirrels are bold, but I like to see them scurrying about just now. Hope you are well. I'm sure you are glad that the noise of fireworks that's so scary for animals is over.

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  8. Flooding can be very scary. Stay safe!

    The squirrel is cute.

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  9. Thank you Linda for coming by and for your good wishes. All the best for a good week to you and yours.

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