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Stranded in Sharpness (2)

Posted by indigodream on 8 September, 2008

It’s Monday 8th September and it look as if our holiday won’t happen for a while yet. We’ve just been in touch with the lock-keeper in Gloucester Dock and here’s the latest update:

  • the river’s still closed
  • there’s still a bit more water to come down
  • the best estimate is that the lock will be open at the weekend AT THE EARLIEST
  • it all depends on the rainfall in wales over the next few days – it could be longer!

We weren’t entirely surprised – we’d found a link to a local news site showing photos of Tewkesbury – it’s unrecognisable. The Severn Ham, where the dogs ran around so joyfully a month ago, appears to be totally submerged. The front page of the Worcester News also has a great photograph showing less than a narrowboat’s height under the bridge arches. Here is the same bridge last month:

Worcester before the floods

Worcester before the floods

The lock-keepers are excellent sources of information so here’s their phone number again – 01452 310832

We’ll keep you posted, in the meantime we’ll just carry on working – aaarggh! (or go down the Severn to Bristol…)

2 Responses to “Stranded in Sharpness (2)”

  1. Adam said

    Hmm. We’re sticking to canals this holiday!

    Thanks for the message about the Stourbridge Canal. There are some fantastic photos on flickr.


  2. indigodream said

    You’re welcome! The photos are unbelievable – we moored just up the canal from there – it’s such a lovely stretch and I feel so sad at the fish that must have been stranded. I go cold all over at the thought of the consequences if anyone had been moored at that point when the side caved in – that’s such a BIG hole.


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