|Taken from The Island|
Photos are all of the River Usk today, Christmas Eve taken while walking the dogs at around 3.15pm
|Taken from the footpath to The Island|
|Taken from the Conigar Walk|
|Taken from the old railway bridge|
Flooding still remains a risk for Usk residents and recent research done by Usk Professor, Simon Haslett, of Cardiff University indicates the Usk Valley may be more susceptible than ever to flooding in the future. You can read Professor Haslett's fascinating article 'Flood history in a South Wales Valley' here. It's a good thing we now have flood banks to protect us in Usk or many more of us would be facing the scenario below .
Some old photos of Usk under water before the flood defences were built. Unfortunately I don't know the exact date these were taken although the first one taken looking towards the corner of The Three Salmons is older than the other two, which I would guess are probably 19760s/ 1970s.
|Looking towards the corner of The Three Salmons and the coach house opposite |
this pic appears to show river mud and flood water in Porthycarne Street and Bridge Street
|Taken from the wood above Woodside looking towards the town on the opposite bank|
|Woodside under water - this area used to flood frequently and is still more susceptible than some other parts of Usk|
Thanks to Bev Banfield for allowing me to use these photos collected by her Dad Roger Banfield
Although most Usk residents currently remain dry, flood water is causing havoc to the travel plans of many in the area this Christmas. I only just got home from my work place yesterday, with the road closed by flood water from the Berthin Brook at Little Mill and water rising through the drains at Llangybi and Llanbadoc. Last night we went to a Christmas party in Chepstow, near the River Wye and gave our friends Linda and Stewart a lift home to Beachley at around 12.15 am. Well that was the plan, when we reached Sedbury the road was completely blocked by deep water and the alternative route, a rough lane, was now virtually impassable in an ordinary car due to debris being washed down it. In the end I loaned Linda a pair of wellies which I keep in the car and they managed to walk home via the rough lane, having first tried walking through the flood which proved too deep and dangerous in the dark.
|Still picture of Usk Bridge on Christmas Eve from the Web cam situated on the Woodside petrol station - a live link to the webcam is in the links on the right of this page|