When The Floods Came Home

On 20/07/2007 I was due to see Adam and Steph in Cardiff for the first time since they have moved in.

Despite the recent news about all the floods, I was adamant to travel to Wales still. I set off for the 1.5 hour journey around 3.30. First stop was to pick Christine up in Studley, and that started off badly with the road by the Griffin closed due to flooding, which is only some 100 yards from her house. I headed in the other direction which too was seriously flooded, going through some 3 newly created rivers through a 2 mile diversion. Finally reached her house and headed off towards the Star and Garter Island, this was bumper to bumper for some 45 mins. After getting free, we soon hit floods again and got diverted through Charford! This taking some 60 minutes to get  to M5 Wychbold, so far 2 hours, why didn’t I head back home now!

The next 4 hours were bumper to bumper reaching no more than 50mph. By the time we reached M50 it had been closed, so we had to take the Severn Bridge route and stopped off at services, during this time people seemed chaotic and stressed, all well known B&B’s were supposedly full and more and more roads closed, the M50 now closed in both directions and as far as 4 junctions.

We set off again to what seemed like a clear road, how wrong were we, after about 1 mile it was grid locked, so this time we decided to turn the radio on, and were informed of the M5 now being shut off.

As we slowly progressed forward we could see why, with the hard shoulder stones being washed into the fast lane some hundred tonnes had been displaced. We suddenly halted for a few hours. As we set off again it was really slow and we hit some 1.5ft of water which we had to pass, this was terrifying as the exhaust of the van in front submersed.  Once we had passed this we finally reached Adams around 2am, some 10 hours or more later than when we had set off and after going to the wrong placed thanks to TomTom and my mistake!

None the less I planned to have a good weekend and that we did, if I weren’t so tired I think it could have turned out a lot better but oh well, still got to see Adam and Steph and get to know Christine better!
Had a nice meal in Cardiff, which seems to be a really nice developing city, even I could live there one day!

The journey home showed some of the devastation caused by the floods as we went up the M50, but it did only take 1.5 hours which was much better!

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