A closer view of
Derrinstone Ford showing the Nailbourne flowing over the path as the
arch of the footbridge failed to contain the flow. The
possible cause of this is shown in the last photo on this page.
The view from the
footbridge shown in the picture above - looking towards Valley Road and
the location of the top picture.
before the flood and the limit of local authority response is
shown. An inadequate walkway is in place and sandbags had
been placed across Railway Hill preventing rainwater from flowing into the Nailbourne.
The same position taken
in daylight with the water having built up on both sides of the sandbags
and many houses around the Ford were flooded. Pedestrians
had to paddle through water in order to reach the walkway.
The ford from the other
side of the Nailbourne. Having had to paddle through water
to reach the walkway, pedestrians had to paddle on the other side as
well. The step off the walkway meant stepping into water
that was nearly over the top of Wellington boots.
The footbridge at
Derringstone Ford during celebrations by local residents after the 2001
flood had subsided. Notice how sequential
works - raising the road surface - have diminished the size of the space
available for the Nailbourne to pass and increased risk of local
flooding. Some work has recently been carried out but the
root cause of road resurfacing not providing sufficient depth or clear
passage has still not