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We made the headlines.

Yesterday parts of Sheffield were flooded with water. Today we've been flooded with journalists. There's been floods in other parts of the country, but BBC1, ITV1 and Channel 4 all focussed on the Sheffield/Rother Valley floods. Both BBC1 and ITV had reporters in almost the same spot in Catcliffe (poor souls: Catcliffe). I had visions of George Alagiah and Mary Nightgale squabbling over who gets to stand where. No doubt local hotels are enjoying the extra business - assuming their staff can get in to work.

Dumb journalist remark of the day: "Look at all that water, just lying there." What does he expect the water to do - fly ? So far none of the journalists have asked whether it was a good idea to build villages on the water meadows/flood plain of the River Rother. No doubt the river will take all the blame for doing exactly what you'd logically expect when there's been a lot of rain. Yes, it's awful for the people who've had their homes flooded, but was it a smart idea to built those homes there. The river was there first.


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26th Jun, 2007 19:03 (UTC)
Quite so, although the flooding in the city itself was far less easily predictable, particularly up around Hillsborough. I've always thought of that as high and well-drained enough to be safe, but events have dramatically proved me wrong there.
27th Jun, 2007 13:00 (UTC)
Well, Hillsborough is in a valley, and has the Don and the Rivelin/Loxley running through it, so it's as likely as anywhere in Sheffield to get flooded, I guess.
Still quite a surprise though. The potential for flooding isn't quite the same as actually having it happen.
26th Jun, 2007 20:23 (UTC)
Fortunately, someone around where I grew up had the clever idea to keep the floodplain of the Rouge River as a park (Hines Park). No houses to flood, and who wants to go have a picnic when it's all muddy out anyway?

Of course, people commuting toward Detroit use the road through the park as a shortcut to work, and are unhappy when it's flooded. You can pretty much expect that when we get a lot of rain the traffic reports will say that Hines Drive (or at least part of it) is closed.

I recall going sledding and ice skating there as a kid, as well as picnics and playing on slides and swings.

From the Detroit CityGuide:
To many residents in western Wayne County, just outside of Detroit, Edward Hines Park is something of a legend. "Hines," as the locals affectionately refer to it, exists as a flood basin of the Middle Rouge River, and Edward Hines Drive winds along the river for more than 15 miles from Dearborn in the east to Northville in the west. You'll find pretty much anything you'd want in a park here. Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a plethora of tucked-away picnic areas, open fields, paved and dirt bike trails and barbecue grills line the road, some by one of the several lakes in the park, some in open fields of trimmed grass. In short, Hines is a great place to get away for leisure or recreation on a sunny spring or summer day. In the fall, a drive through Hines provides a beautiful look at southeast Michigan's autumn foliage. In the winter, the park hosts Wayne County's annual Lightfest, one of the best holiday light displays in the Midwest.
27th Jun, 2007 13:03 (UTC)
What a remarkably sensible idea. Keep people from building it by making it a park. It sounds like a nice area - barbecue grills, wow !
27th Jun, 2007 13:51 (UTC)
Yep, and I grew about a 10 minute drive from the Northville end of it.

There are a bunch of photos here, if you're interested:
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