Footbridge upstream of Cowan Head in 2008.
and in 2015 after the floods.
Its remnants litter the river bank
The sheer scale and breadth of the damage and destruction in Cumbria following the flooding at the weekend is hard to comprehend. This is just a tiny snapshot from the upper reaches of the River Kent in Cumbria. Damage, destruction and litter everywhere. We were fortunate our house remained unscathed, instead time to focus on some of the wider impacts of the flooding.
Its not just destruction. Its the sheer mess; plastics, bottles, aerosol cans and household debris litter the river banks.
Bowston Weir. The remnants of a water pipepine lie in the receding flood-waters
Bowston Weir. Steel work and reinforced concrete was no match for the flood-waters.
More litter and debris on the banks of the River Kent.
Perhaps now we can persuade someone to plant some trees? Grass replaced by gravel, rocks and boulders on the banks of the River Kent.
A railway sleeper at rest. Actually part of a footbridge washed away half a mile upstream.
An uprooted tree, bit more plastic and part of a door frame. The latter probably came from one of the riverside flats at Cowan Head.
Camouflaged dry stone walls near Cowan Head.