The River Erewash - Flood Plain
w/e 01 March 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Apparently it's been the wettest February on record and floods have devastated communities up and down the country. There have also been many windy days that have swept storms across many areas but as in the past, Ilkeston has escaped the worst of the flooding. In a lull between the storms I took a look at the flood plain north and south of the town.

River Erewash

The River Erewash water level between the storms as seen from Awworth Lane on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border was still high, but it had dropped from earlier in the week.
Bennerley Viaduct

From a slightly different angle the flood plain, with its backdrop of the much photographed Bennerley Viaduct and the wind turbine at Newthorpe, can be seen to be doing its job with large expanses of water each side of the river. With the wind rippling the surface, the white line in the distance is not waves breaking on the bank but a flock of birds!
Hallam Fields

Moving to the other side of town, there's a footpath leading from Hallam Fields to Trowell known as The Boards. From the railway bridge and looking back towards Hallam Fields the metal pipe in the centre of the picture is crossing the Erewash Canal at Hallam Fields Lock.

Looking the opposite way over the railway lines towards Trowell from the bridge, a similar structure to the right of the electricity pole is another pipe crossing the River Erewash.
Flood Plain

From the railway bridge the footpath across the flood plain leads to the river near to that same metal pipe.
Standing Water

This is not the river but standing water by the side of the path in the undulating flood plain.

The path continues to the river which is crossed by a footbridge.

Metal Pipe

To the left with more standing water nearby the river flows under the aforementioned metal pipe. The water looks quite calm here but was flowing quite quickly.

To the right of the bridge the water was more turbulent and the rate of flow more apparent.

The path now starts to rise up to Nottingham Road at Trowell but with one last look back at the river the muddy ground shows that it won't take much more rain (which is in the forecast) for the flood plain to be covered again.

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