For the last 2 days parts of the UK have been drenched in relentless heavy rain with some areas getting over a month’s rainfall in 24 hours which leads to swollen rivers that burst their banks. Ripon has 3 rivers, the Laver, the Skell and the Ure each with its own catchment areas from the Yorkshire Dales. After the last big flood in Ripon back in 2007, there was a push for the large scale flood alleviation scheme which was completed earlier on this year, mainly around the River Skell. I reckon if that hadn’t have been done we would have seen a worse situation today in certain areas. The Bronco offices are just around the corner from the River Skell so thats where I headed this morning.
This is the River Skell bridge at the Alma Weir that leads to The Water Rat pub.
I headed down the road (as the river path was flooded) to the ford that is normally a shallow river crossing that cars are always going through, but not today when the river was near the 5 foot mark.
What the photo doesn’t do is demonstrate the noise and the power that the river holds, so check out the video I took today
After work I headed with the kids to the River Ure where the river was spread out over the flood plain, but had also broken onto Magdelen’s Road and the road to Sharow.
In the distance on this picture you can see the Ripon bypass bridges
And this is the river showing it against North Bridge
I then headed to the River Laver where I often go for walks with the kids. They were really surprised to see it so high.
Just up from here is the River Laver gauging station where it was so crazy.