Aldermaston's Great Flood of 2007

On Friday, 20th July 2007 months-worth of rain fell within a few hours causing severe flooding across wide areas of the UK- and Aldermaston was not spared.As in many areas, the deluge overwhelmed local drainage and ditches and many householders had to be evacuated for months until their houses could be dried out. The Primary School was greatly affected and again it took months for things to return to normal. There was a lot of Press overage which is featured in a separate post, “2007 Flood – press coverage“.

The following photos show some of the consequences.

ABOVE: although the exit it clear, the rest of the culvert running under The Street was almost completely blocked with grey sediment, greatly reducing its capacity....
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..................................... ABOVE: A view of The Street in normal times...........
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..............................ABOVE: the same view on Flood day.................
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......ABOVE: cars driving through the water increased the damage with their wakes.....
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...............................ABOVE: another view of The Street long after the Flood............
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....................................ABOVE: the same view on 20th July 2007..................
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.............................ABOVE: The Hinds Head in happier times...............
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...........ABOVE: the same view on Flood Day. Denny Acres seems to be enjoying the experience!..........
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.......................ABOVE: Ed Austin looks less happy. The House Sale will sadly have been postponed!...........
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...............ABOVE: Aldermaston Stores after the flood- evidently,clearing up is still in progress.......
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.........................ABOVE: The torrent courses down Fisherman's. Lane...............
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........................ABOVE: The view from The Hinds Head in normal times............
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............................ABOVE: Muddy water covers the whole area.................
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....................ABOVE: Looking down Wasing lane, with the Primary School to the right...........
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..ABOVE: As far as the eye can see, water flowing towards the camera. The wading man shows the depth at this point ...
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.............................ABOVE: Children awaiting their turn to be rescued......................
.........ABOVE: the children had to be passed through the classroom windows onto the boats.........
.........................ABOVE: the exit from the Primary School in normal times........
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......ABOVE: the children being carried to safety, with the teachers putting on a brave face to reassure them!...
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The Firemen walked the boats back and forth to the Primary School
Stephanie Moran
...........................................ABOVE: another group is safely delivered...............................
Stephanie Moran
....................ABOVE: Forsters after the Flood- note the Portacabins and skips..............
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..............................ABOVE: the same view at the height of the flooding...............
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......................ABOVE: The School grounds were totally inundated........................
..........................ABOVE: Portacabins are delivered to serve as classrooms while the buildings were dried and refurbished..............
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.............ABOVE: an aerial view showing the temporary classrooms and storage containers.........
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....................................ABOVE: pumping out in Fisheramns Lane.....................
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......ABOVE: one young villager even risked cycling down Wasing Lane but there were many hidden dangers!
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........ABOVE: in a living room, a poignant image-a dolls house and children's toys drifting...
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