Waterworld 2

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge

Last month I posted some photographs of the floods along my local stretch of the River Thames, between Weybridge and Hampton.

Surrey floods

Hampton riverside

As many will know, the Thames has burst its banks again, only more so.

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge from Thames Meadow

I took these photos today and yesterday. If you are not familiar with the area, these images will not have as much impact but, for locals, the inundated landscape is a weird and frightening sight, strangely beautiful at times, but bringing suffering to so many.

Surrey Floods

Fire Brigade rescuing people from flooded homes

The people I saw being evacuated were outwardly cheerful, putting a brave face on a horrible situation.

Surrey floods

Walton Quay

Sadly, more rain is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week – I fear the worst is yet to come.

Surrey floods

The Thames claims Walton Lane

Intrepid explorer

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After hacking through the forbidding jungle, the intrepid explorer finally came upon the mighty river.

“…les jeux d’enfants ne sont pas jeux: et les faut juger en eux, comme leurs plus serieuses actions.”
Children at play are not merely playing; their games should be seen as their most serious actions.

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)