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No Truck Festival, just lots of flooding

I was expecting that round about now I would have sorted through a mass of photos from Truck Festival, and would be writing a lengthy piece about my experiences there. However it was not to be. About 4pm on Friday, I received a text from a friend to warn me it had been cancelled. A quick check on the site revealed what was going on; Steveton, and in particular the Truck site, was now under several feet of water due to Ginge Brook bursting its banks. As it now turns out, parts Oxfordshire had two months of rain in the course of an hour on Friday, and this quickly started to take its toll.

I was disappointed, but over the next couple of days it became quickly apparent that this wasn’t just a local problem, the Thames (Isis as we call it round here) and several other rivers throughout Oxfordshire and several other countries has started to overflow. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been flooded, whole towns are without water or electricity, basically it is carnage. It seems we’ve been “lucky” in Oxfordshire compared to Gloucestershire, but we still have many people in Oxford and the surrounding towns and villages who have been flooded and evacuated.

The warnings for Oxford itself starting coming on Sunday, when it became apparent that the Thames was rising rapidly, and that in particular the Botley Road and Abingdon Road were flooded. What annoyed me was that a warning went out for all of Oxford, but it was really hard to figure out using the local information where it was going to affect. The council sites made it clear that residents most at risk were being notified, and sandbags were being issued, but there were no maps, and relatively vague information. Now I know we’re just off the floodplain here (by a few hundred yards), but we’re not obviously uphill, and given how widespread the flooding had been elsewhere, what if the flood maps were wrong by a few hundred yards? I decided to trust them, but I’m sure the emergency and council services must have been inundated with calls from people less trusting than myself, whose minds could have been laid at rest by more information. Something that needs sorting out, I reckon.

A new month, new weather.

So what will June bring us? Slightly less rain, hopefully. A trip down to Devon, and possibly the Eden project, almost certainly. Some outdoors drinking, luxuriating in the sun? Certainly tonight, unless things change substantially.

I have to go and get my tumbling locks shaved off tomorrow, then we might get out somewhere for a walk or cycle ride, make the most of the sunshine (which I am perhaps foolishly assuming will be there). May get to dust off the camera, haven’t had much need for it recently, and could do with some new pictures.

And I seriously need to think about some gardening. If it has dried out some, I might have a go at the back garden on Sunday. It is quite Junglicious at the moment. I may or may not take pictures of that, depending on how deep my shame in it is. Basically it is partly down to hating the lawnmower we have for the house. I’m hoping to get a push mower soon, that may encourage me to do it more regularly, as it is such a pain getting out the hover mower we presently have. If not, I may just replace it with something better.

Middle-age is clearly where you start to be equally bothered about your consoles and your lawn mower.

Storm 2006

Mad on Saturday, got caught in what given our weather lately, it could be almost fair to refer to as a tropical storm. Roads flooded out, the store we were in may have been hit by lightning, and at one point we were disasterously beaten by the rain into a wine bar. Tragedy! Even odder was that it has a palm tree at the back, and we were sat watching it being lashed by wind and rain like a hurricane. You can see a couple of pics from it on the flickr account further down. We now seem to have an annual silly storm now, the one last year flooded out a large section of the ring road.