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HuwG UK flooding coming nearer (Dec. 2015) (49) RE: UK flooding coming nearer (Dec. 2015) 28 Dec 15

Living a good hundred feet above the nearest brook, and fairly high up in the Peak District, I have been fairly dry and smug. However, I went to visit my little brother near Thirsk in North Yorkshire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and had a few adventures.

My niece went to walk a dog and returned with a sodden animal and news that the road in one direction was several feet under water. So I went home in the other direction. After a mile, I came across another flooded section, perhaps a foot deep but with an Audi marooned in the middle of it. The driver was boiling mad. He had been carefully negotiating the flood when someone in a 4 x 4 had come charging through it in the opposite direction, throwing up a bow wave which had gone into the Audi's air intake.

I didn't have any means of towing him out, so he and I were prepared to wait for the rescue service to find him on an unnamed road in the middle of nowhere, but two of my nieces and the fiance of one of them turned up and summoned my brother and his son in law with another 4 x 4. They towed the Audi to the nearest village (Carlton Husthwaite), clearing the road. High five incidentally to whoever closed the main A19, which was negotiable with care, diverting cars into a maze of country lanes with only cryptic direction signs, half of them flooded far worse than the main road.

Once up into the hills, driving home was even more entertaining. The M62 (main motorway across the Pennines) was closed, so lots of drivers with no sense crowded the Woodhead Road, following each other barely feet apart, too fast, with brake lights blazing like Christmas trees at every hint of a bend. I was grateful to get onto another side road, even though that was flooded too (near the Torside reservoir).

Best wishes to all affected by floods, and let's hope the waters subside soon.

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