Mud unglorious mud!

 You may have noticed, whilst reading my blog, that I love Cornwall. Poor old place is very muddy still after yesterday’s floods and looking very sorry for itself. The picture above, of Lostwithiel has the road, a small wall and the river Fowey to the left………..except the River Fowey spent all day getting in everyone’s houses!

 Above, is the main street of Lostwithiel, full of mud. Stinky mud! At the far end of the picture is the hill that leads out of Lostwithiel to St. Austell and the river of rain ran down it. In the middle of the photo is the end of a terrace, a cream building and to the left of that is another steep road which runs in the Bodmin direction and a river of rain ran down that too. Debris, stone, mud, tree branches were all washed down in a matter of half an hour, making Lostwithiel impassable.

 Every street in the town is full of mud and almost every house on the river side of Lostwithiel has been damaged in some way or other.

 The photo above of Tanhouse road show the flood water cascading from someone’s garden into the road below.

Above, is the photo of the A390, the main road from the A38 to St. Austell and the way most of us get to work. To the left of the lorry is a turning that takes people to the Eden Project, again, a really steep hill to Prideaux woods and again, debris and mud ran down the hill. There was no getting to work yesterday. A38, A390 and railway lines were all closed as were all the little back lanes. In fact, all of the little back lanes are still closed as the Highways dept. have to clear the main routes first.

I drove home today and felt so sorry for everyone who has had their homes ruined in St.Blazey and Lostwithiel. Roads all through St. Austell were being repaired as the floods had lifted the tarmac. The River Fowey is on flood watch and Lostwithiel is still under threat of more high water. If I could, I would lift Cornwall up and wrap my arms around and give it a huge hug as the parts of it looked very sad today.

Photo’s from Lostwithiel Town Website.


7 thoughts on “Mud unglorious mud!

  1. We suffered in Leeds a few years back but fortunately not to this extent. Where my parents live a few yaers ago flood waters thankfully stopped at the end of their road but up in the dales a bridge washed away quite literally dividing an isolated village.

    As long as we chose to live near water we are going to have these issues from time to time, but the way we concrete over everything and funnel all water into one place now doesn't help. Especially if your place happens to be on the river all the run off goes into.

    Having suffered nothing worse than a slightly damaged greenhouse I am thankful for what I have, and those who are struggling at the moment get my sympathies.


  2. My heart goes out to everybody affected by these floods, we were in Bosacastle when that was flooded a while back and boy that was scary, the speed with which the water moves is terrifying beyond belief.

    I spoke to friends who live very close to the petrol station in your photo, fortunately they have been hardly touched, but other neighbours have been badly affected.

    Its raining here as I write (currently in the South East) hopefully its moving away from Cornwall now….


  3. Our home was nearly flooded this week and it was extremely distressing. It's Friday night now and I just want to sleep the stress away.

    Our flooding is due to houses with lawn and gardens being knocked over for blocks of flats with concrete and no lawns.

    The tropical rain has no where to go except a few drains. One of the main drains runs in front of our front door. Last year we copped it with muddy dirty water ankle deep in our home. The next day it was broken pipes with toilet waste that overflowed on the footpath toilet paper bits and all. Luckily it didn't come in our home – but I couldn't cook or eat at our place. Yuck.

    I feel so sorry for these people. I'm sure it will break the spirit of many who are already struggling and tired.


  4. This is so awful for them.
    I live in Hull and we were badly flooded in 2007. The physical effects were with us for years; I spent weeks in hospital when the resulting mould caused terrible allergic reactions and I have friends who are still suffering with the residual damp in their houses.
    I also know scores of people, including me, who are coping with the psychological effects. The noise of rain on the roof is no longer comforting and we're just waiting for it to happen again.

    When the news teams and the public sympathy move on there's more than just a clean-up to cope with.


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