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Pictures of flooding at the Radley Lakes in July 2007

The Radley Lakes, 23-27 July 2007



Receding floodwaters at NW corner of Lake H/I
as seen from near the “level crossing gate” at SU 519972.
This marks the northernmost limit of the flood and is similar to that of January 2003.
(27 July 2007)



The view to the south from the top of npower’s earth mound
(seen on left of picture above) at SU 519972
looking towards Orchard Lake (‘M’)
(27 July 2007)



The surface of “Lake H/I” on 27 July 2007
as seen from the top of the mound.
According to RWE npower, there are 6 million gallons of water in here somewhere!



Lake H/I on 24 July 2007
as seen from the top of the mound.
This is more or less the same view as above, but taken 3 days earlier.
If 6 million gallons of water had indeed flowed into this lake,
then this surface should be covered to a depth of 15cm (6 inches)



On the mound looking across “H/I” towards Orchard Lake (M) on 23 July 2007.



“Lake H/I” taken on 23/7/07 at 16:34
looking across to Orchard Lake (M) with its flooded trees.
This view corresponds to the centere of the picture above.



This photograph was taken on 24/7/07 at 14:19 looking along the eastern edge of “Lake H/I” from the SE corner.The whole area was flooded, including the footpath by the pumping station and the northern footpath of H/I between Radley Brook. It was about 30cm deep.



This photo was taken from the eastern end of the mound north of Lake H/I
on the 24/7/07 at 14:20 looking towards the southernmost bridge under the railway.
The water is flowing quite fast towards the camera.



View looking west along the southern edge of “Lake H/I” on 24 July
showing floodwaters at the middle of the 5 flood gates
along the southern edge of the lake,
which are supposed to allow water to enter into the lake at such times.


What these pictures show

The pictures show floodwaters enveloping Lake H/I on 3 sides, but little water inside the lake. Some water did enter the flood gates, but not enough to cover the whole lake surface because the the level of the ash at the western end (at “Lake I”) was above the flood level. From observations of the depth of the water before and after, it is estimated that about alf as much water as claimed entered the lake. This lake occupies about 17 hectares of floodplain just to the north of Abingdon.



Other links relevant to this posting

Herald 07/08/2007

Herald 16/08/2007

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