Snapshot of destruction on the banks of the upper Kent

bridge by hagg foot farm

Footbridge upstream of Cowan Head in 2008.

 

bridge gone

and in 2015 after the floods.

River Kent after Storm Desmond

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.

Upper river Kent near Bowston following Storm Desmond

Its not just destruction. Its the sheer mess; plastics, bottles, aerosol cans and household debris litter the river banks.

Storm Desmond

Bowston Weir. The remnants of a water pipepine lie in the receding flood-waters

Bowston Weir after Storm Desmond

Bowston Weir. Steel work and reinforced concrete was no match for the flood-waters.

River Kent after Storm Desmond

More litter and debris on the banks of the River Kent.

The River Kent after Storm Desmond

Perhaps now we can persuade someone to plant some trees? Grass replaced by gravel, rocks and boulders on the banks of the River Kent.

River Kent after Storm Desmond

A railway sleeper at rest. Actually part of a footbridge washed away half a mile upstream.

The River Kent after Storm Desmond

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.

The River Kent after Storm Desmond

Camouflaged dry stone walls near Cowan Head.

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About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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