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Itchen surges at high tide PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 January 2014 12:46

riveride park 1This was the scene at around noon on Friday (Jan 3), during an unusually high Itchen tide and following days of rain. The river breached its banks at Riverside Park, above, as well as next to The Hard in St Denys.


One Priory Road resident at The Junction pub end said it was the fifth time nearby gardens have been flooded this week. There was also flooding beneath the railway bridge on Priory Road, passable with care.

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Woodmill also remained passable (although the park footpath beyond Woodmill was completely flooded - see picture below) but by about 12.30pm the tide had turned. Local Environment Agency staff monitoring water levels at Woodmill said they thought it was possible there could be a similar situation on Sunday, however. So far we don't have reports of nearby properties being flooded, but do contact us with any flood updates.

riverside park towards mansbridge

A man negotiates the park 'footpath' beyond Woodmill

priory rd riverfront gdns high tide

River threatens to flood Priory Road gardens - taken from The Hard near The Junction

Just as we returned from photographing Riverside Park, a massive gust of wind during a downpour was strong enough to blow Il Picchio's heavy outdoor chairs across the pavement at The Triangle.

the hard

Tide breaches the river bank next to The Hard and Quay 2000 off Priory Road Pic: L Weedy

  on Twitter reported that "It's worse down Mansbridge end" - any more info please let us know.

Ian Turner pointed out on our Facebook page at around 12.40pm: "Tide receding now - going to be some impressive currents in the river later as between about 3pm and 5.45pm it has to go from 4.7m ish to 0m!!!! Thats a lot of water to run through!"

car goes over woodmill bridge in water

Woodmill: passable by car

cycling at riverside under CC2 by Tim ORiordan

'Cycling' at Riverside
Pic under CC2 by Tim O'Riordan

flooded riverside under CC2 by Tim ORiordan

Just look at the angle of the jetty in the background, during high tide at Riverside Park!
Pic under CC2 by Tim O'Riordan



0 #1 GavinM 2014-01-03 07:37
In support of the St Denys 'Belsize Flood Resilience Project' Peter Taylor has put together an extraordinarily interesting and informative website concerning the upper part of the Itchen Estuary and local flooding. See for more.
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