The area we live in is The Norfolk Broads, a series of lakes connected by rivers which are believed to have been formed from the effects of flooding Mediaeval peat excavations.
There is a lot of low lying land and houses with river frontage usually cost a phenomenal amount of money despite the risk of flooding!
The river is very high at the moment and has broken it's banks in a few places, there is one road in our village which made the news this week. The road leading down to one of the local pubs, our (seasonal) fish & chip shop & leisure pool as well as several holiday homes has flooded. It's flooded from start to finish! It made the news as the pub owner was rowing his boat up and down the road to avoid being knee deep in water!
But this is nothing compared to the floods of 31st January 1953 which affected Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. This has also been in the news lately as we have just past the 60th anniversary, I didn't know too much about it but have seen many photographs displayed in museums and even shops and cafe's around the coast. There were very high tides and wind of hurricane strength, people living near the sea were evacuated but some didn't have time. It's thought that 80 people from Norfolk lost their lives in the flood when the sea broke through the inadequate defenses.a defenses have been improved and added to various spots around the coast in the hope that this will never happen again.
We've also been in the news latey because of the local disused RAF radar station.
|picture borrowed from the web|
It's in a neighbouring village and I cycle (or more often drive!) past it on my way to cricket all summer. It's been a fixture on the landscape since the 1940's I believe, mainly established during the second World War. RAF bases are all over Norfolk although they are gradually disappearing.
RAF Neatishead is mainly underground and dealt with air to ground radar for the south of the UK.
Operations from there were scaled down and eventually ceased around 10 years ago. There is however an RAF museum on part of the site and you can tour the underground control centre.
It's been on the news as it's up for sale... on ebay!! If you're interested in buying a piece of history it's here, just need a mere £2,500000.00 to spare - it is a lovely bit of countryside though. I almost bit when I mis-read it as £25.00!!
Have a great weekend everyone, I'm on full sporty taxi duties this weekend as The Builder has gone away on a lads/1980's** music/drinking weekend -
he left the house dressed as Crocodile Dundee (don't ask!!)
But by way of light relief Little Miss and I are off to a baby shower this afternoon,
never been to one before so should be fun.
** edited later to show 1980's not 1930's !