I walk Past the Alma weir and over the river Skell daily and have seen the devastation and anticipation that the flooding can cause. The Last time it flooded badly back in June 2007 work was only 50 or so metres away from the rising water levels.
Every man and his dog knows that Ripon needs flood defence work and its taken many bad floods to get this far.
You can see the people on the far side of the river and their where only feet away from the lip of the shallow water. Where ever the water can get in it does and then it gathers quickly. Some people either can move cars or naively don’t believe that they’ll be hit by the water.
Heres the view from the other side of the river Skell. if you look to the left hand side of the photo about half way up you can see the water is nearly over the foot bridge.
The Flooding doesnt happen every year this was the last bad flood and it was 4 years ago (We must be due one soon).
On the Environment Agency websaite this is whats happening.
- Building a flood storage reservoir near Birkby Nab Farm on the River Laver
- New flood defences along Borrage Lane and improvements to Borrage Bridge
- New walls and embankments along the River Skell at Fishergreen and work to protect the A61 underpass
- Some road levels will be raised and an embankment will be built in the North Bridge area of the city
- The existing Alma Weir will be replaced and a new river gauging station will be built further upstream
I’m not sure what they are going to replace the Alma weir with, its clear that it holds some of the water up, but its nice to see Salmon jumping it early in the year.
Heres some recent photos
I took this picture a few days ago probably around the 25th of Aug
As you can see half of the Wier has been cut away.