Very Hard to Imagine…..

Loch Muick

Late September, Loch Muick, Aberdeenshire.

Barely a handful of miles from this tranquil scene is one of heartache and destruction.  The River Dee on its way from Braemar past Balmoral brought devastation to the town and families of Ballater.

Nor is there any doubt that the waters from Loch Muick that flow down Glen Muick to join the Dee at Ballater did nothing but add to the rising water levels. Rain was heavy and relentless, record levels. Snow is forecast and  if that is not enough the temperatures are set to fall, minus 10c and falling lower as the week goes on.

The hardship must seem endless for all along the River Dee and a far cry from those lazy summer days when no one could ever imagine the likes of recent storms….nor of course are they the only ones.

The first area to be hit was Cumbria, the media has moved on and the effects of the flooding are now only known by the locals who are still just trying to come to terms with what happened and to asses the damage.  Cumbria was followed by Lancashire, North Wales and then Yorkshire…finally a broad swath of Scotland from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire.

For most of England Scotland and Wales life goes on as normal with just the television images to remind us that life is far from normal for many who will bravely have to live with the after effects for months to come and no doubt dreading every drop of new rain that falls….yes, hard to imagine loosing just about everything.

10th January

(C) David Oakes 2016


9 thoughts on “Very Hard to Imagine…..

  1. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes and all the small things that remind us of loved ones and happier times. My father’s family emigrated from Aberdeenshire – Old Machar is one of the names I’ve found in my research. Someday I hope to visit.

    • Flooding is an experience I hope I never have to endure…and endure is what these folk have to do as there is no quick ‘wipe dry’ solution….months of upheaval to come on top of the loses. You will have to do a bit more family research and come and explore I am sure it would be fun retracing steps and interesting to see how many steps remain !

  2. We’ve recently had extreme flooding in the United States as well, but thankfully our area around the Chesapeake Bay has only had to deal with higher-than-norm high tides, something we can deal with with no problem Flooding is devastating, I pray for all affected no matter how or where it is happening.

    • What didn’t help was the extreme heavy rain fall came just at the height of Spring Tides which are always higher than the norm and then for these to be driven in by gales. I don’t know if I believe the forecasters who tell us we have to get used to this kind of event. What ever the cause and however deep the waters it is still misery for those involved.

    • You have missed (a nearby) great location. Not been in the snow which I guess would be terrific but perhaps getting there would be a tad difficult at the moment as I guess there is still much to clear up after the floods….and more heavy rain forecast.

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