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February 2001 Floods   Flatford Mill, Dedham and Langham Lane

 

February 2002 Floods  Stratford St. Mary

Dec/January 2002/3    Langham, Boxted, Shelley, Stratford and Dedham

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Looking toward the south-west, with Dedham off to the right. the main channel of the Stour lies in the centre of the flooded area, one looped willow trunk being a good marker.

 

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Taken February 2001

   

The view upstream from Flatford Bridge; the river at precisely bankfull-discharge. Upstream the meadows are covered as the river overflows a low point on the south side... once the focus of a task by East Bergholt High School Conservation Volunteers! Later a more substantial repair was carried out using dumper trucks!

 

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Taken February 2001

   

The restored lock carries a huge volume away, at speed!

 

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Taken February 2001

   

High levels of water on both sides of the weir at Flatford Mill. The buildings are now occupied by the Field Studies Council as a fieldwork centre.

 

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A stretch of the Stour floods at Flatford - towards the Dedham side.

 

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Taken February 2001

Dedham Mill pond.

 

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Taken February 2001

   

At Langham, flooding is localised, but because of the very flat nature of the land, drainage is slow and easily interrupted. Blockages, like this one on Langham Lane, can keep quite large areas under water. 

 

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Taken February 2001

 

 

 

February 2002 Floods

 

 

The view across the meadows from the A12. The underpass opposite the Talbooth  restaurant allows access to this area, along an elevated concrete footway. The river is on the right of the picture.

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

A close shot of the overflowing river. The area of green is slightly higher than the flood plain behind, which is flooded. This is a natural levee, and is only seen clearly in flood conditions.

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

A study of the footpath gate, with the river behind.

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

A view across to Stratford church and the A12. The 'normal' limit to floods is usually the field line shown here.

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

The footpath over the Stour at Stratford weir. All of the view is in Langham parish!

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

The field beyond this elevated footpath is another 'normal' flooded area. The footpath leads eventually to Langham church.

 

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6 Feb 2002

   

 

The weir, showing a good fall of water in the flood conditions.

 

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6 Feb 2002

 

 

 

 

December/January 2002/3    Langham, Boxted, Shelley, Stratford and Dedham

 

 

The blockage of Black Brook at the road crossing has backed water up for several years, rendering woodland into a bayou!

 

The bridge has often been a ford!

 

 

The overflow makes its way over the road bed and erodes the bridges approaches.

 

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30 December 2002 

 

 

 

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2 January 2003 

 

 

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30 December 2002 

 

An impressive weir developed on the downstream side of the bridge.

 

Black /Brook near its headwaters.

 

 

The weir from the east side of the stream.

 

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2 January 2003 

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30 December 2002 

 

 

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30 December 2002 

 

More bayou swamps in the saturated woodland.

 

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2 January 2003

   

 

 

 

 

The Stour Valley near Nayland.

 

 

A scene overlooking the Brett Valley, looking northwards towards Shelley.

 

A full body of rushing water at the weir in Stratford.

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24 December 2002 

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2 January 2003 

 

 

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2 January 2003 

The footbridge at Nayland has just about both ends under water!

 

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2 January 2003

 

 

Floodwater gushes across open fields from the River Stour at Nayland.

 

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 2 January 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

A garden shed opposite the Talbooth is surrounded...............

 

The Talbooth restaurant sees the river encroaching on its terrace.

 

............... and two days later is completely isolated by floodwater!

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2 January 2003 

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4 January 2003 

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4 January 2003 

 

 

Also at the Talbooth is a mooring post for a life-belt.

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4 January 2003

 

 

Back gardens in Stratford are inundated.

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4 January 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

The left and right hand shots show the flooding to the east of the A12 embankment, accessed by a concrete tunnel (with a footway at a higher level). The levee features of the flood plain are submerged, but still show through the riverbank vegetation lines. The centre shot is at Stratford weir, showing the portage ramp between river channels - scarcely needed on this day!

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4 January 2003

 

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4 January 2003

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4 January 2003

 

The millpond at Dedham, from the rough car park!

 

The lock at Dedham Mill looking upstream.

 

 

A close-up of the river's flow in the lock ... showing flooded land beyond.

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4 January 2003 

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4 January 2003 

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4 January 2003 

 

A round bale and a paddock area is cut off by the river at Dedham.

 

The new Euro bridge at Dedham is just about full this morning!

 

Paddling down the river, with Stour (in East Bergholt) in the background.

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4 January 2003

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4 January 2003

 

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4 January 2003

 

The scene from the main bridge at Dedham, looking downstream towards Flatford and East Bergholt.

 

The boat house is surrounded.

 

Taken from the Dedham-Stratford Road.

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4 January 2003

 

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4 January 2003

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4 January 2003

 

 

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