Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Are we all in for a soaking?...


Gulp! Without wishing to spread alarm around Tonbridge but isn't that river level getting a tad too high? This was the view from the big bridge down river this morning; the other side of the bridge, beneath the castle looked like you could go white water rafting on it. The rowing boat quay-side, under the bridge, was submerged right up to the tops of the mooring posts. Was the bloke operating the Leigh flood barrier asleep on the job last night? Is the swimming pool defense system, build after the million pound mess up a few years back, about to be tested. Will the Sportsground park be turned into a surf boarding lake? Will we ever see the flooding of the lower high street like in 1968? I'm pretty sure that Mr. Books Bookshop in Bank Street is safe what with being on the high ground to the North of the Castle. Those Normans knew what they were doing you know, they built the Castle and the old town where it was never likely to flood. All the 21th Century technology in the world cannot stop nature forever, it's just a matter of time people of South Tonbridge! Next time you are looking for a house in this town just take a more careful look at the street names around the North of the town. It's not called Dry Hill Park Road for nothing you know. Its on a hill and it's dry up there!...

6 comments:

TonbridgeR said...

I was pretty shocked myself when I saw the height of the water today and the speed it was moving. Your shot shows it very well. I remember the 1968 or was it 69 floods and the devastation it caused to the town. It left the Castle Pub kitchens filled with slime and gunge but even worse the rat and mouse population moved into new territory and into the old town.

Anonymous said...

It is really bad and I remember the 1968 one. It was 5ft outside my door in petrolstationvillage.

Even cows and sheep floated in the town centre.

I wouldn't want to buy a property by the Medway.

It is bound to get worse with climate change.

We ought to get a boat!

petrolstationvillage said...

The council will no doubt look after themselves. I bet they have a Yacht.

petrolstationvillage said...

The council will no doubt look after themselves. I bet they have a Yacht.

Anonymous said...

Judging by the 'great lake' formed behind the flood barrier on Tuesday, I'd say it was doing its job alright. Bet they had the gondola's out in Leigh though.

Stoatbeak said...

Just because it is raining a bit there is no need to have yer gondolas out...