And yet more rain …

For the south of England, the wettest January for over a century, and that was with three more days of rain yet to come.

Yesterday, heavy rain all afternoon and evening. Last night and into the early hours of the morning, torrential downpour.

With the ground saturated after two months of rain, the water has nowhere to go but to flow into the rivers and flood the surrounding land.

Farnham River Wey Gostrey Meadow

Farnham River Wey Gostrey Meadow – 18 January 2014

Farnham River Wey Gostrey Meadow

Farnham River Wey Gostrey Meadow – 25 January 2014

Farnham - River Wey

Farnham River Wey Gostrey Meadow – 1 February 2014

This is illustrated by the River Wey flowing through Gostrey Meadow in Farnham. Usually a shallow flowing clear stream, a pebbly bed, children like to paddle. The last three weeks, it has been faster and higher than normal, and muddy. This afternoon it was fast flowing, muddy torrent, had over-topped its banks.

 Bishop's Meadow flooded

Bishop’s Meadow flooded – 18 January 2014

Bishop's Meadow flooded

Bishop’s Meadow flooded – 1 February 2014

Contrast Bishop’s Meadow flooded, when in the summer, it was a hay meadow.

2 Responses to “And yet more rain …”

  1. KevinRCarter Says:

    I drove through Guildford a few days ago and the flooded fields just across from the A3 are astonishing.

  2. keithpp Says:

    With the amount of rain that fell Friday night and the amount of water in the River Wey at Farnham on Saturday afternoon, I would not be at all surprised if Guildford was flooded on Saturday.

    Friday, the River Wey was high in Guildford, a few inches higher than the previous week, though not as high as the week before that.

    But on none of those days in Guildford, was the River Wey anywhere near as high at Farnham on the following day.

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