The Wye at Ross in the Lockdown.

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Like many Members and the public in general I cannot go to visit my River Wye during the “Lockdown” currently in force with this dreadful covid pandemic. So I jumped at the opportunity I had today to kill two birds with one stone and walk the dog by the Wye and do essential shopping in Morrisons before returning to my “Open Prison” in Newent where I live. I took some photos for those of you whose visit to the River will have to wait until better times. Not much compensation I know but something to lift the spirits until then.

For those with eyes to see the perpetual floods during the never ending winter made changes to the River that few have noticed with all the bedlam that is visited on us since the middle of March.

View from what members call the Island looking upstream towards Wilton Bridge. The gravel island is again building in the middle of the Wye and the main flow rushes downstream through a narrow gap on our side of the River when the water gets down to 0.5 metre or less.

Big changes at the Wilton Bridge with the Wye breaking records for the height of the flooding in February a massive pile of gravel has been built at the Bridge which must be at least 6ft deep and to top it off a tree was blown down on the gravel pile during the same period. The floods also scoured away a huge deposit of debris and silt which had been dumped over many years on the downstream side of the bridge buttress of the Ross side of the Bridge.

View under the end arch(Ross side) from up stream. The large pile of gravel is very evident and a lot of it came from area to the right where now there is a big hole. Water used to flow under this arch at 1.0 metre and higher on Ross gauge but no longer, it’s not going to flow until water is about 1.5 metres or more.
Same huge pile of gravel looking from the opposite direction. Who needs a JCB when you have the power of the Wye in full flood?
Here, on the downstream side of Wilton Bridge, was a huge bank of silt, tree debris and assorted rubbish that was about 5 or 6ft high now reduced to a shadow of its former self. The river has scoured out a large hole down to the bedrock below this point.

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