Most of the things we store in the garage are only needed occasionally, like spare picture frames, wrapping material, and a card stand used when we have exhibitions. Some of it is there because we don't need it, but it might be useful one day, like lego, toys and a bike from when the children were little. Some of it....well I wonder why we have kept it at all (things that fall into the "bits of string too small to use" category!)
However, we are using the garage to store an almost new, rather expensive mattress belonging to daughter Katie until she moves into her new flat. Can't let that get wet! Boots on and out of the door quickly.
Luckily, the pumps were doing their work, the garage was still dry and we managed to lift the mattress up on to two empty boxes, so that it was about a foot off the ground. Hopefully enough to keep it dry if the water does get in....
....The flood waters continued to rise through the rest of the day. By teatime yesterday, the water had risen to 56.8 on flood gauge at the end of the street. By bedtime, only the red number 57 at the top was visible. This morning, the post is fully submerged, and the there is hardly any space between the underside of the footbridge and the water level of the stream/park that is now a lake.
|This picture was taken on Sunday. |
Today, the flood marker is submerged, with water lapping over the top of the pole!
The main road into Oxford from the south is closed due to flooding, as parts of the ring road. The flood defenses have gone up around Osney Island. Trains are still running, but only at 5 mph because the tracks are only 35 mm above water level. Fire and Rescue are pumping out a flat development not far from us. The homes are OK, but the car park is underwater and residents are marooned.
We revisited the garage and it is clear from the tidemark on boxes that water gas got in overnight, but most of it has drained away now. The mattress survived and has been raised again on yet another set of boxes. Hopefully that will keep it high and dry if the tide continues to rise...
The big debate we are having now is to sand bag or not to sand bag? I would rather play it safe and get prepared now. Steve would rather wait for the time being. Hey ho! At least it's taken our minds off mesothelioma and chemotherapy for a change :-)
All rather dramatic! I will add some pictures later...