Living in Henley-on-Thames, I know a few friends and family who have watched the river break its banks and consume their gardens and homes with inexorable ease. Tales abound of heroic rescues, good deeds by neighbours, travel chaos and the evacuation of dogs (and even llamas) from waterlogged ground. Only today a friend told me how her husband had saved someone's new kitchen from watery oblivion by helping to divert some of the flood water in the village of Shiplake. It was celebratory cups of coffee all round!
For all the disruption and misery, however, there remains something oddly compelling about a landscape transformed into a waterscape. Our local bookseller, Jonkers, recently coined a new name for our aqueous town: Henley-in-Thames. Here are a few pictures of the flood, post Noah, circa 2014:
|The famous Regatta course expands widthwise|
|A road fit for boats|
|Thameside flooding leads to traffic misery in the town|
|A residential road becomes a canal|
|Once a cricket pitch, now a lake|
|The stone mermaid (right) is in her element|
Click to see pictures of the 2013 flood in Henley-on-Thames
If you would like to donate clothes, blankets or toys to children affected by the floods, you can contact the local charity First Days.