Grasmere Flood December 2015.

Little did I know when I wrote my last blog, that a few weeks later on, Grasmere was about to be hit by the worst flooding in living memory. I can say that because my 98year old father-in-law says so. Mind you so has every reporter on the TV so it must be true!

Red Weather Warning

Red Weather Warning

High winds and continual rain for several days as Storm Desmond (we have just started naming storms in this country) hit the country. Cumbria was particularly badly hit. Roads quickly became impassable and villages became islands with no way in and no way out.

Stock Lane Grasmere

Stock Lane Grasmere

The river Rothay rose and rose. We watched anxiously.

River Rothay Rising

River Rothay Rising

And then it burst it’s banks.

Flooding Stock Lane

Flooding Stock Lane

In a situation like this you can use as many sandbags as you like but the force of the water is unstoppable. It comes up through the floorboards as well as through the door. You can feel the trembling beneath your feet.

Overflowing river Grasmere

Overflowing river Grasmere by @luciastakeaway

Roads became rivers and several residents had to be evacuated from houses that were flooding. Thanks to Josie at Bridge House who had been watching elderly residents all day and then offered a bed for the night and warm meal, despite her hotel flooding too.

Landslides Grasmere

Landslides Grasmere

The next morning provided an opportunity to see just why the flooding had been so bad. About twenty years ago after another flood the river was re-routed at the top of Dunmail Raise to prevent it happening again. Had this been the cause, had it taken the old route, (apart from the excessive amount of rain too). One look at the fell side and it was obvious that the rain had caused two large landslides which had contributed to the flooding and debris.

Destruction

Destruction

The strength of the water had lifted tarmac and exposed pipes (amazed after I righted it the plant pot survived).

Flooding Grasmere

Flooding Grasmere

Dirty water had flooded in the front door and out of the back of most businesses.

Bag shop Grasmere

Bag shop Grasmere

Everywhere people were sweeping the floodwater out of shops.

St Oswalds Grasmere

St Oswalds Grasmere

Even the church was closed (on a Sunday!) as it had been flooded for the first time ever. Not long after though a large team of helpers were cleaning up. I am sure normal service, or services! will be resumed soon.

Flood water Grasmere

Flood water Grasmere

Still a bit of water in the streets but the water had receded quickly.

Village Green Grasmere

Village Green Grasmere

This reindeer made his appearance for the “Grasmere Welcomes Christmas” celebrations a few weeks previously when we had terrible weather too. Any one think he should be renamed RAINdeer ?.

Broadgate Grasmere

Broadgate Grasmere

You can see the two scars on the fell side that have appeared. Quite a few shops on this stretch were flooded. The Coop was shut, and when I made it through to Ambleside later I met lots of Grasmere people with the same idea as myself buying bread and milk as the main road from Keswick has disintegrated and the road from Windermere is flooded.

Stewart Cunningham Grasmere

Stewart Cunningham Grasmere

Several shops had started cleaning up already but there were also quite a few where people couldn’t reach Grasmere to assess their properties till all the roads open. Hope things aren’t too bad for them.

Flood Debris

Flood Debris

All along fences was debris showing how the river had pushed across the fields.

Overflowing river

Overflowing river

Although this looks like a weir, it is actually a drystone wall that the river has decided to take a route over.

The main thing is that yes! there are cafes and shops open. We need your support. Please help us get back to normal by visiting once the roads are running normally again. Let’s spare a thought for the poor residents elsewhere, Keswick, Cockermouth, Appleby and Kendal to name but a few who have been very badly affected.

There is an Appeal launched to raise funds to support individuals and communities affected. You can donate via text message. Send a text to 70070 with the message FLUD15 and a monetary amount. For example FLUD15 £10

I will leave you with this photo which summed up today for me.

No use in a flood!

No use in a flood!

Grasmere December 2015.

 

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10 responses to “Grasmere Flood December 2015.”

  1. stlong says :

    Thoughts with everyone in the beloved Grasmere. Praying you’re back to normal very soon.

  2. Jason Bew says :

    We are due to visit this Christmas for a week as with most years. No year will it mean more than this to support the local businesses and communities with tourism support. Our thoughts are with you all and wish everyone a speedy recovery. The emergency services, utility companies and army are doing what the British do well, coming together and rebuilding, what a sturdy bunch the British are. Jason.

    • cragchris says :

      Everyone in Grasmere is safe and well. A lot of hard work ahead but Grasmere IS open for business. Just not accessible from North at moment. Have a great Grasmere Christmas.

  3. Debbie & Ken Young says :

    We love beautiful Grasmere. Our favourite place. Have been coming for the past 12 years and will be back in March. Hope you are all safe and hope things get back to normal as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with you.

    • cragchris says :

      Thank you. Grasmere is open for business. The garden centre opened on Saturday. Holiday homes are ready for Christmas, and we are all on the right side of things. It is unfortunately still raining!! Could do with a break from the grey sky’s. A591 to North of Grasmere still shut but will post on this blog when it opens again. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and most of all….. A dry New Year.

  4. Keith says :

    Our thoughts are with everyone in Grasmere, especially at Christmas and into the new year. Like Debbie and Ken above, we are booked in at March as usual, and are looking forward to coming back again. I hope the current forecast rain doesn’t materialise, and you all stay dry. God bless everyone.

  5. Liz Luxmore says :

    I just returned from a happy 4 days at Butharlyp How YHA, in Easedale Road. As it uphill safe from floods so far, and the village all returned to normal. I hope the rest of January is dry for you alol, and dare I say that the A591 is very soon repaired!!!… Liz Luxmore

  6. Margaret Stephenson says :

    Love Grasmere and visit often..always eat and purchase goods especially Beatrix Potter for my grandchildren..heading over wednesday this week usually after a hike but after Old man on saturday feel like a mooch around..lake distruct is my favourite place ever and i have been to some amazing plces around the world.
    The people who live there and hikers from far and wide are fruendly and joyful..i always feel safe.

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