Just went to have a look at the allotment this morning and it’s not pretty. The drainage ditch on the SW side is overflowing and the water has started to encroach on many of the plots bordering it. 1B’s greenhouse has been hammered and is missing multiple panes, Neal on plot 2’s she’s is surrounded by water as are many others.
The central pathway low spots are deep puddles as well. Further toward the back seems to be in better shape though there are panes missing from buildings and bins blown everywhere. The toilet area at the front is submerging too.
The NE ditch isn’t overflowing but with more rain to come today, we’ll see. But as it stands this morning, no catastrophic damage but I wonder what it will be like this time tomorrow. 😬
Update on Wednesday 19th: the flood waters have all pretty much dispersed although the ground is completely saturated and unworkable. Crop sowing will be later this year and perhaps more people will be experimenting with containers and raised beds to counter this threat.
A lot more greenhouses have been affected. The photos below taken from various plots up and down the site show that Dennis did his job both brutally and without prejudices in favour of either polycarbonate panes or glass. Both have been blow out and in the latter cases there are quite a few smashed panes.
As well as all these the winds have lifted compost daleks and placed them wherever they ended up, empty or full. In the Community Garden the left hand side composter (bindweed only) did its job well: you can see the semi-decomposed mass in the base, left in situ. The shell and lid of the dalek were recaptured from further down the stream by the interpid Andrew Lawes.
The strem level remains high though, as does the water level in the ditch on the land side. Some clue to the force of the waters pouring through this ditch and out by the side of the gate in drnbc's post may come from this outflow pipe up by the fence on the ditch side. It's one of a pair on either side draining fround water from further up the hill beyond the fence - perhaps the Council will know where?