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Newsletter 105, Summer 2014© Hampshire Mills Group


Floods at Bridge Cottage

Alison Stott     

Starting just before Christmas the river Meon has been lapping at the doors of HMG Secretary’s house!

We (Alison and John)  live right beside the river, so it was not a great surprise.

Three pumps were working in various strategic places and were successfully keeping the water at bay.  However, a particularly high surge one night added a few extra inches to the water level and into the house it came, to a depth of several inches.  This was discovered by John who went down the stairs in his slippers one morning and stepped into it!

There is only farmland upstream  so the water is fairly clean.  It just carries a certain amount of silt.  For several days a few inches remained in the kitchen, but with the cooker on a couple of bricks cooking in wellies was quite easy but movements around the room had to be rather slow so as not to create waves which would go into the cupboards!

 

As time went on, there were two or three more kitchen floods until we discovered ‘drain bungs’ which stopped the river from coming into our small front garden (and then into the house) via the drains, which normally remove the rain water.

Four pumps were kept ready for action until the end of February, when at last a (very muddy) lawn started to appear instead of the huge lake which had been our view for about two months.

The lake was much enjoyed by the egrets who often stood just outside our kitchen window and appeared to catch quite a few mouthfuls – a beautiful sight to watch whilst washing up in wellies!

 

 

 
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