A combination of low pressure, high winds that day and a very high tide produced a storm surge. The water tore up the Humber, flooding Hull and then up the Ouse. Here the water over topped the banks with a horrible roaring noise and poured into people's houses with a suddenness that caught everyone by surprise.
Standing on the river bank with neighbours I watched the dark swirling water come almost up to the top of the defences before it seemed to pause. I now know that we were saved because it came over further along and flooded houses and a large area of farmland. Over a week later, despite a lot of pumping, much of the land is still under water and in neighbouring communities families have had to leave their homes - the skips full of damaged carpets and furniture line the roadsides.
Last night the church at Laxton was full for the annual candlelit carol service. It was a time to think of those local families who will not be having the Christmas they planned.
|The morning after in Saltmarshe Park. A white van, ironically from a firm who help with the aftermath of floods, had lost the road and had to be pulled out by a tractor. In the background a trailer with rescued sheep.|