Life in the Highlands

Hello and thank you for looking at my Blog...i hope you enjoy my site. I'm pretty new to this but hope to keep it all updated with the progress of my garden. I've really enjoyed being able to start everything from scratch and the hard work has been worthwhile. I hope you enjoy seeing my progress too! Feel free to leave comments it's always nice to get feedback.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Highland Floods 27th October 2006

I'm afraid that there hasn't been much gardening in Highland this week with heavy downpours transforming the landscape across the North, turning fields and car parks into lochs and streets into rivers.

As Flood water swilled around the wheel arches of cars in Dingwall who seemed to suffer the worst, many folk were forced to evacuate in their homes as they were swamped with water, some in dinghies as the water level was four or five feet high.

Whilst the Highland capital, Inverness, escaped the worst of the weather this time around they weren't so lucky in 2002 when they were hit by flash floods.
The high amount of rainfall over the past week had taken it's toll and the ground saturated with water caused run-off from fields to cascade down embankments in a brown waterfall and create streams of water across the road several feet deep. The water also caused several landslides and trains are still not able to run.

Cars were left wallowing in a swimming pool that was once a road or drive.

Chaos ensued with roads blocked and commuters and communities were cut off whilst emergency services tried to deal with the fast rising water levels and pump the water away. There was just nowhere for the water to go. An added problem was the high tide which was due at 2pm. People struggled as some areas were also affected by power failures.

If that wasn't enough the same night high winds reaching up to 60- 80mph hit the region exacerbating the problem, trees where uprooted easily from the saturated soil. Closing any roads that weren't already blocked by landslides or water problems.

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Blogger Come to Scotland said...

Glad to have found your blog... bad, bad piccies with the flood water and the mucky mud though!!!

4:56 PM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

:-) It does look bad but thankfully it's subsided a bit now and after over a week of solid rain we have finally SUNSHINE so that should help a bit in allowing the water to get away.....shame though for those who are having to pick up the pieces and face returning to devastation in their homes.

Thanks for your comments.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Stu said...

Hi Ann

Just discovered your blog from the comment you left on Aitch's Anglia Sea Fishing blog.

Some great photo's on here, the garden looks great.

It's been a long time since i was up in that neck of the woods, spend a couple of days of our honeymoon in Inverness (8 years ago) where we saw the dolphins!!!

Sea Fishing and Walking in the UK

12:51 AM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

Hi Stu, thanks for your nice comments. Aitch and I were at school together! The dolphins you see on the site are indeed just in the Moray Firth near Fort George and Chanonry Point, just up from Inverness. It's a lovely part of the world. Did have a peek at your blog as saw it on Aitch's site and it was really good - not that i know anything about sea fishing you understand well except mackerel fishing on the west coast of Scotland which isn't in the same league.

1:24 AM  
Blogger MrsKP said...

Hi there Ann, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog which I found ... eventually and came looking for yours. I think you threw some of your rain at us last night. I'm waiting for dawn to appear to see the damage. Will definitely have a stroll around your blog and pick up some tips. MrsKP

9:38 AM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

Thanks Mrs KP thanks for your nice comments. I really enjoy your blog. Had to chuckle and the master planner being male ;-)

6:15 PM  
Blogger sam said...

not summerfields!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Ziggywigs said...

'fraid so Sam....Somerfields! Wonder if they stopped trading or provided dinghies instead of shopping trolleys!

12:39 AM  

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