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Issue No. 130 - 17th January 2007
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High Water Levels On The River Wye

Water levels on the River Wye at Ross rose dramatically during the week and below are some photographs I took on Thursday morning, 11th January when they were at their highest so far during the 2006 / 2007 season. Levels had dropped slightly by Friday morning and remained constant throughout the day. There was no need for concern locally. Water levels have risen far higher than this on many an occasion in the past and the situation made more for scenic views than serious problems. Wye Street remained dry and the Rope Walk was only partially flooded.

I was woken by a phone call from the BBC on Friday morning and with the sleep still in my eyes, went down to the riverbank at Wilton to describe the scene on Howard Bentham's Breakfast Show. Unusually, I did manage to get a recording of that part of the show, which I found on the BBC's 'Listen Again' page, so I heard myself for the first time.

One thing I would like to make clear here is that flooding in Ross-on-Wye Town Centre, such as that which occurred in December 2000 and August 2006 is not caused by levels on the River Wye. In December 2000, the flooding in town was caused by the Rudhall Brook overflowing and, last August the flood in town was caused by extremely heavy rain and a poor drainage system, which is currently unable to cope with heavy downpours such as that which occurred at the time. The flooding in Alton Street and Waterside, which occurred earlier in the year was caused by water running down to street level from incorrectly furrowed potato fields, during a period of heavy rain.


A view towards Ross from Wilton Bridge. Ref: DSC_2437

The fast flowing River Wye from Wilton Bridge. Ref: DSC_2438

Looking towards the White Lion and Wilton Court from Wilton Bridge. Ref: DSC_2446

The view from Wye Street with water up to but not over road level. Ref: DSC_2452

The Rope Walk willow tree with flooded football pitch. Ref: DSC_2483

A view from The Prospect. Ref: DSC_2500

Looking towards Wilton from The Prospect. Ref: DSC_2503

Looking towards the Rowing Club and Rope Walk from The Prospect. Ref: DSC_2512

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