Flooding in Ryde
Added on Tuesday 9 Nov 2010
Ryde had a particularly bad day today 9th November 2010, due to very heavy rainfall that started yesterday evening and carried on through the night until the rush hour. The heavy rain in the region of 80mm rendered many roads around Ryde to become impassable, causing major disruption to bus routes, schools and people getting to work.
During the morning West Hill and East HIll Road, Ashey Road, Binstead Road and Puckpool hill were closed to traffic due to flooding. Having driven from Ryde to Newport during the rush hour I was horrified at the number of Cars who sped through road flooding, causing waves to encrouch on peoples gardens and houses, and cause their cars to grind to a halt, due to water flooding their car engines. Many local bus routes were suspended, some schools were closed and a number of houses and businesses in Ryde were flooded.
The worst affected area was The Strand and Simeon Street where many basement flats were still lying under water late this afternoon, although the Fire Brigade were working at full pelt to try and pump out the properties affected. Simeon Street and Monkton street also were affected very badly with many houses being flooded. I spoke to Ian from Strings who had come to open his shop in the morning only to find it flooded, he was very lucky as all of his equipment was kept off the floor. Others weren't so lucky, one resident had their basement flooded and had to throw out damaged furniture. I was shown one flat in the basement of the Teneriffe Hotel development where the wooden floor and carpet was floating as if in midair due to floodin gof over 3ft of water. These basement flats were completely wreaked. Island Printers in East Street was flooded as were other local businesses.
I noticed a number of regulars at the Simeon Street Arms having a pint in the usual British Spirit of "Carry on Regardless"!!
The Police, Fire Brigade and Environment Agency had been working in this area since around 04.00hrs with some Fire Brigade officers having done a double shift to help man the pumps. The Esplanade near Cornwall Slip was covered in rows of pipes running from the Strand and Simeon Street pumping the water into the sea. Unfortunatley the high North East wind didn't help when High Tide hit Ryde, it caused a back wash of water, which made the services efforts even more difficult.
The Train Tunnel at Ryde Esplande looked more like a Canal rather than a train track as it was about 20 ft under water their was a train stranded at the Esplanade Station, and trains were having to terminate at St. John's Road, due to the flooding of Monkton Mead and the Simeon Street Recreation ground.
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