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Steve in Sidmouth If You're Coming to Sidmouth... (110* d) RE: If You're Coming to Sidmouth... 17 Jul 12

Girl Friday: You'll have to wait a little longer then.

I was up by the Knowle today so drove up to the festival car park - water everywhere, the bottom of the field is like a swamp in places. Few potholes in the road (I'm reporting them to DCC and also asking them to clear the road drains), a man was clearing vegetation from the track that leads to the car park entrance and the roadway there is in a poor state but repairable.

I then drove down Ice House Lane - it runs down the side of the campsite. There was a 10 foot long brown puddle right across the road, 8 inches deep (200mm for any younger readers) and the bottom and middle of the campsite are so wet there is brown standing water in all the hoof marks. It's OK to stand on the grass but so wet that vehicles on it would be a joke. I didn't bother walking any further up the hill. Maybe next week.

The middle part of Field 1 (aligns with the puddle across Ice House Lane) is always very wet and today was no exception.

My car smelt so bad when I got home I hosed down the underbody. Eau de cowpat or similar?

My rear garden was underwater in the flood but it has dried very well. It's still soft underneath a drying crust - rather like walking on a firm jelly, press one bit hard and it pops up a few inches away.

So it has a while to go before recovering.

Beautiful sunshine today, more is forecast, that whole area on the car park and campsite hillsides just needs maybe a week longer to drain before it gets back to more like normal.

There is plenty of time!

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