River Thames in Flood, Walton-On-Thames, England

The Thames has been flooding for a few more days.  Christmas this year has been more damp than cold.  Our annual outdoor swim in Hampton Pool was interspersed with the occasional downpour, and today we just managed to get back from our walk with Wilson (Yay!! Janathon – 1 Dog Walk) before the heavens opened again

As a result the water in the Thames has risen even higher, so I thought I would try and take some photos of it, this time near Walton where they are building a new bridge (hence the crane in the pictures).  I have some other pictures from here on sunnier days so I must try to find them so I can compare the water heights.  It is not normally on the footpath!

Here are my pictures from Walton this morning taken with my new camera (Panasonic DMC-FZ62)

These houses are built on stilts, so they are safe from flooding for a while yet

These houses are built on stilts, so they are safe from flooding for a while yet

Thames in Flood at Walton, with the New Bridge appearing in the background

Thames in Flood at Walton, with the New Bridge appearing in the background

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Flooded Footpath

Flooded Footpath

Splashing along the Towpath

Splashing along the Towpath

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On the way home I stopped at the Weir in Weybridge to take some photos there too

River flooding at Weybridge

River flooding at Weybridge

House on D'Oyly Carte Island, Weybridge

House on D’Oyly Carte Island, Weybridge

The Weir at Weybridge

The Weir at Weybridge

Environment Agency boat at weybridge

Environment Agency boat at Weybridge

New Houses on Whittets Ait, Weybridge

New Houses on Whittets Ait, Weybridge

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About Barbara

Born in Dublin, living in London with Peter, my two daughters, Wilson our Spaniel & Woordow our Malshih (Shih Tzu-Maltese cross)
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17 Responses to River Thames in Flood, Walton-On-Thames, England

  1. Grannymar says:

    Wow! These are great. D’Oyly Carte Island, anything to do with the Opera Company?

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  2. Kozo says:

    Great photos, Barbara. Looks like I need one of those cameras.
    There has been a lot of flooding in Northern California as well. Something seems fishy about the weather? Stay dry.

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  3. I have been thinking about a new camera. How do you like your new Panasonic?

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    • Barbara says:

      So far I love it, but I have only had it 2 days!!! These photos definitely would not have come out as well without it. The light was not great, it was a bit of a dull morning in comparison to my previous floody pictures which were taken in low afternoon sun which improves the colours of everything.

      It gets good reviews too, but have a look at CNET (there is a link n my post somewhere to it!) for reviews of other cameras too 🙂

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  4. wanderingimages says:

    Barbara – you are putting the new camera to good use. These photos are lovely and you have a good eye. Have fun with the camera and play around with all the settings to see what else you can create. Warning though … It will become addictive.

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    • Barbara says:

      Lol…. ‘Become’ (addictive)

      My family groan on walks the second my camera comes out…. It means I will spend the rest of the walk ‘seeing things’ and generally getting left behind

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  5. Jo Bryant says:

    Their groans will eventually stop…are you in danger of being flooded out ?

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    • Barbara says:

      Lol, I hope so! Or I will go deaf!

      Re flooding, we hope not. The river would have to go into overdrive for that to happen, and it would be very severe. We live near enough to enjoy it but far enough away to be out of danger in normal situations. In some ways we are less likely to flood here as a lot of the land around us is sacrificial flood plain, designed to flood, so it would really take a lot to get to us. It would be on the news!

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  6. Hi Barbara

    These are beautiful photos and show why I live on Whittets Ait. I love the river.

    What do you think of the recent media predictions of more flooding? We’re on stilts here but I dont know what to think.

    Meanwhile every time I open my curtains I am in awe.

    Best wishes and thank you.

    Liz

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    • Barbara says:

      Hi Liz

      Your houses were built after the last big flood in 2002/2003. That time the river completely flowed over Cowie Sale and the road was closed. You could see why the land on the other side of the bridge had never been built on. I’ll see if I can find some photos from then. They’re nothing as good as my ones these days, and I will have to scan them in, but they give you an idea!

      I would hope that the people who built your houses knew what they were doing 🙂 all the houses on the other side of Walton bridge are also on stilts, ans although the residents had to use boats to get to their houses, the houses themselves weren’t flooded. Hopefully you guys would be ok too 🙂 The water level seems to be dropping at the moment, so I wouldn’t worry. The only thing to watch for is a high spring tide and an onshore wind which puts pressure on the city of London. Then the higher up locks are made ‘hold back’ water, which causes the flooding.

      If you notice the man who lives on the river bank in front of the Minnow moving out, then maybe inflate your dinghy and park your car in town 🙂 Otherwise, don’t worry!

      You have a great view from those houses, we are very jealous!

      Barbara

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    • Barbara says:

      Hi Liz

      I have found some photos for you from 2003. Enjoy!

      Barbara

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