The floods in Waterbeach, October 2001
Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October 2001, the southern half of East Anglia was drenched by over a month's worth of rain in a few hours. Over the next few days much of this water made its way into the River Cam, and started flooding areas in the centre of Cambridge. On the Tuesday it was reported that the road between Horningsea and Waterbeach was closed due to flooding near the station in Waterbeach, a stretch of the road that had come near to being flooded in February that year.
Until a few months earlier I had lived in Waterbeach, so I left work early that day to go for a bike ride up through Horningsea to have a look at the floods. These pictures outline what I found.
The pictures were taken with my Olympus C-3040Zoom camera on super-high quality (SHQ) setting, and beacuse it was getting dark some of these photos have been gamma-corrected.
This was the scene that greeted me just on the Waterbeach side of Clayhithe bridge, beside the Bridge Inn. I then cycled through the flood waters (which came above the axles on the bike) to the other side of the floods to get some photos of it from that direction.
Once I had crossed over the railway and went into Waterbeach, I found that the first road to the left, Whitmore Way, was flooded. There was a TV crew from BBC Look East present, filming the occupants of the houses who were standing around chatting.
I then rode up to the end of Bannold Road to have a look at the situation at Bottisham Lock.
I then returned to Clayhithe, having to cycle through the floods once again.
From Clayhithe I cycled back towards Cambridge, stopping off at The Plough in Fen Ditton to have a look at the situation there. I guess no-one will be wanting to eat outside for a few days yet.
For more photos of the floods in the Cambridge area, see Paul Oldham's website.
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