Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Monday, 25 June 2007

all hands to the pumps


All l can say is,thank god we live on a hill. So why's that you ask? Today has been, well, a stuck in the power shower sort of day, literally. Hard, driving rain with the full power switch turned to the max. We are completely cut off from the surrounding villages by rapidly rising flood water. Water that has swept off the fields, though gateways turning country roads & lanes into raging torrents, sweeping all obstacles in its path aside.

Our village has 3 foot+ deep floods, you can't get to Hornsea. Beeford is under nearly 4 foot of water. M's son is busy towing waterlogged cars to safety with his tractor. Here, we have closed shop early, very early, so that staff can either rescue livestock or sandbag flooded homes. l am going to ask Harry to get the sailing dingy rigged up just in case is doesn't stop raining!

l'm going to write this in 2 parts. I've done bit one so l'm now going to find my underwater camera bag & attempt to record some of this record breaking rain. Incidentally by 2 o'clock there had been 4 inches of rain.

OK, l've returned. Was it in the childrens book, Log of the Ark, that the Clidders melted in the rain? Well l do feel a bit like a clidder at the moment. Stockman's coat hasn't exactly kept me dry. Boy it is seriously wet out there, & no early let up either. The sky is a very dark grey, no changes in texture or colour, just dark, wet & grey. The fields are completely waterlogged, all low lying bits are becoming lakes, trackways rivers. The dogs however think that the rain is wonderful. Hmm.

One of our ladies, who left mid morning following a call from a neighbour, has just rung with an update, her house is now several inches under water, with the levels still rising. An elderly neighbour had commented that he had lived in the village, in the same house for 60 odd years & never seen the likes of this before, ever. The villagers are moving into the village hall for the night.

On my trip to the butcher' this morning, one of the things that l did notice was the bad driving of many of the motorists. Surely to god, when there is a flood, drive along the middle of the road slowly, taking it in turns with the motorist coming from the opposite direction to come through the water, that way no one gets swamped & you are on the highest part of the road. A guy shot past me, just couldn't wait, l'm in my 4WD by the way, he konked out, water half way up his door. Did l stop? No because l just had to turn left to the butchers.

15 comments:

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

Our pool is now over flowing but fear not youngest is now wiring his home made ark up for electricity, we are picking up sbsherherdess, mousie and a few others so jsut wave your arms and we will stop adn pick you up to. IN Brisbane where I once lived houses we known to float away in very high rainfall timess!!

FunkyMunky said...

Don't think I will ever moan about our weather again after reading about yours! I had heard on the news that Yorkshire was badly hit, but I don't think you ever quite grasp how bad something is until you hear of someone who is actually living it.

Himalayan Blue said...

Poor you. Hope it stops soon and you are not cut off for long. Don't like the idea of a sailing dingy - it's very windy and you may get blown over!

muddyboots said...

got wet suits, life jackets plus flares, & kendal mint cake. we are prepared.

sally's chateau said...

oh Muddyboots thank heavens you took those few days somewhere nice, am now sitting slightly shell shocked in Dorset, non-stop torrential rain and no Le Fort wine either.

Inthemud said...

That is very scary. The rain is getting worse, been watching the news and flooding all over . Keep safe, glad you're on a hill

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Just been watching the news which was terrible. I do hope you're okay. We're so lucky up here on our hill. Infact it's not been raining here for a few hours now.
Take care
Crystal x

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It's not a tent Harry needs it's a bloody barge! Talk about flaming June! Glug! Glug! Help! I'm drowning! Sheffield is being sucked into the North Sea and The Lord is not happy with us! I am sorry oh Lord that I blasphemed against you now stop the sheets of rain! Enough is enough!

mutterings and meanderings said...

Isn't it just horrific? Where is it all comign from?

The Country Craft Angel said...

Gosh, that sounds awful. We also live right up on the top of a hill so it is ok for us. Only one lane into our village open at present, but still nothing like as bad as yours. It is awful for those people to have damage and especially the upheavel for the olds, bless.
It is serious stuff, people losing their lives. I have stopped doing the rain dance for the bore hole now honest!

warm wishes and keep safe
x

Woozle1967 said...

Oh that happened to me once and I sweetly (ha ha) offered the little toe-rag a tow out of the water but he was so embarrassed that he said he'd called the AA so I just threw him a wave and smiled as I drove off (secretly doing my Mutley impression).

Just caught up on your earlier blogs and am green with envy at your trip to Carcassonne.x

Andres Carl Sena said...

holy moly! thanks for the pictures. you paint a nice picture with your words as well.

Suffolkmum said...

It must be truly scary where you are. We are very low lying so am obviously glad that East Anglia hasn't been too badly affected, but I do feel for all you lot in Yorkshire. The pictures are great.

Gwen said...

I heard on the news that it was bad in Yorkshire. I hope you are alright. Hopefully it will ease up a bit now.

Anonymous said...

Yes you're quite right about the Clidders! The Log of the Ark was one of my favourite books as a child and I always thought the saddest part was when the poor little things began to melt and ended up as nothing but a puddle on the deck!

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