Local Weather Pictures

During the first few days of 2003 torrential rain swept over The United Kingdom. In some areas over two inches of rain fell in 24 hours. Here in Newport Pagnell we didn't get that much rain, but there was enough to cause the banks of the Great Ouse and Ouzel rivers to be breached. Here are two sets of 'before and after' photographs of the Ouzel (or Lovat) flooding. Flooding to nearby properties was reduced by recently installed flood defences.

The raised height of the river can be clearly seen as it flows under the iron bridge - incidentally the oldest iron bridge in the UK still carrying traffic.