The River Thames in Flood; Weybridge & Walton, January 9th 2014

Today the sun shone so I took Wilson out and we took some photos of the floods.  The water is nearly as high as it was in 2003!   This is how high the water came in Weybridge. The river started to flood the road at the bend just past the Minnow Pub

Water lapping the road at the top of the slipway at Weybridge Jan 9th 2014

Water lapping the road at the top of the slipway at Weybridge Jan 9th 2014

At the Weir in Weybridge, the river is lapping the road

At the Weir in Weybridge, the river is lapping the road (January 2003)

The towpath was flooded at regular intervals, but we were able to walk half way to Walton Bridge before it got too deep!

The Towpath flooding at The Weir at Weybridge 9.1.14

The Towpath flooding at The Weir at Weybridge 9.1.14

Here are some more of the wet walk… click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version

The new houses on Whittets Ait weren’t built in 2003.  They have space for the water to go underneath them, but the residents must be getting a bit worried!

Houses on Whittets Ait (Hamhaugh Island) are losing their gardens

Houses on Whittets Ait (Hamhaugh Island) are losing their gardens

The water can run under these houses as they are built on stilts

The water can run under these houses as they are built on stilts

Hopefully the stilts are long enough!

Hopefully the stilts are long enough!

The river Wey joins the Thames here

The river Wey joins the Thames here

House on Hamm Court

House on Hamm Court

After our walk we drove down to Walton Bridge to look at the river there.  On our way we noticed the fields beside Greenlands Farm and Broadwater Farm were completely submerged

The road to Weybridge Gym is too deep for this car which has got stuck

The road to Weybridge Gym is too deep for this car which has got stuck

The paddocks are full of water

The paddocks are full of water

Submerged fields

Submerged fields

The water at Walton Bridge is almost as high as 2003, just a few inches more before it completely covers the road.  In 2003 the road was closed for a few days, but this hasn’t happened yet….

The Road beginning to flood at Cowie Sale

The Road beginning to flood at Cowie Sale

Walton Lane Jan 9th 2014

Walton Lane Jan 9th 2014

Walton Bridge 9.1.14

Walton Bridge 9.1.14

Walton Lane 9.1.14

Walton Lane 9.1.14

Willow Tree

Willow Tree

The car park and recreation area at Cowie Sale

The car park and recreation area at Cowie Sale

Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the following pictures;

Below is one of my photos of some houses on Thames Meadow taken today, cut off by the water which has flooded the fields behind them and the access road in places.  Underneath is a photo I took in 2003 of the same road (some of the houses have changed!)

House on Thames Meadow just above the water line. Jan 9th 2014

Houses near Walton Bridge.  These are built on stilts, but they can't get there except by boat when the water is this high

Houses near Walton Bridge. These are built on stilts, but they can’t get there except by boat when the water is this high

The Road and footpath flooded at Walton, Cowie Sale

The Road and footpath flooded at Walton, Cowie Sale (2003)

Some more pictures of houses on Thames Meadow

Hard to get onto this boat moored near the pump house on Desborough Island.

Hard to get onto this boat moored near the pump house on Desborough Island.

The forecast is for the weather to get colder over the next few days.  Hopefully not before the water levels drop or ice could add to the traffic chaos all the flooding is causing!

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13 Responses to The River Thames in Flood; Weybridge & Walton, January 9th 2014

  1. neasha1 says:

    My goodness! Does it flood often there? I haven’t seen any of this on the World News channels. I live near the Illinois and Missouri Rivers and we flood quite often, some years worse than others.

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  2. FireBonnet says:

    I’d be interested in how quickly it recedes… of course let’s hope there isn’t more rain! All the photos are really interesting. It was cool seeing 2003 and now. To me your most striking photo from an artistic point of view is the car park… very cool capture.

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    • Barbara says:

      Thank you… I agree, that’s one of my favourites. The sun was too bright really for good photos, too much contrast and glare on the water, and in order to show the water levels I seemed to be constantly facing into the sun, but with that one it was behind me and hidden by trees from the camera.

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  3. Grannymar says:

    After a tempting two days of brighter mid dry weather, we are back to rain soaked greyness. :sad:
    No it is not my eyes Or the windows , they were cleaned yesterday!

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  5. Jamie Sarner says:

    It’s kind of weird to be positive about this kind of photos, but they are really well done! I know what I’m saying, we had this kind of a surprise flood in Toronto in the summer of 2013. But also a lot a of interesting pictures came out of it. Out of these the car park is a great shot and the road at sunset from 2003 is a total gem!

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