October 26th – As predicted, the Saturday was very wet indeed, with the rain not abating until early evening. I had business in town that couldn’t wait, and on the way I passed the overflow opposite Silver Street adjacent to the lower meadow on Clayhanger Common.
The canal overflow was barely coping with the torrent, and it was starting to overflow toward the meadow.
Holding this flood is what the meadow was created for, four decades ago: And it will work, admirably holding the excess and realising it slowly, preventing the village flooding.
It will, however, make the Southern Clayhanger Common footpaths impassable for a few days – a small price to pay I think.