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River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

Discussion in 'Sigma DP Forum' started by grebeman, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Yealm, an Anglo Saxon word meaning kind, peaceful or tranquil, depending on the source consulted. Following our recent rain the river is far from peaceful at the moment. A short river, just some 12 miles in length rising on southern Dartmoor at about 1400 feet above sea level, here it is photographed less than a mile from where it enters the river estuary, somewhere known to me all my life. Given that it is a short river it tends to rise quickly and fall quickly and it was evident that the river had been several feet higher than recored here. In July of last year several houses in Yealmpton, just upstream were flooded and a road bridge was threatened with collapse, a situation just avoided this time. The images are in order going downstream over a few hundred yards.

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    All on a DP1M


    Barrie
     
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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Serious stuff, Barrie.

    I haven't had the chance to get out to take photos - work intrudes - but much of the countryside around here is under a couple of feet of water. And I fear that we have more to come.

    Stay dry, and stay safe everyone.
     
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  3. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    A friend of mine lives in the village of Yealmpton, with the River Yealm running at the bottom of his garden (and probably halfway up it at present).

    I'll ask him how things are this year - last year his family were on the local TV news.

    -R
     
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  4. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Hi Richard, yes the area was badly hit last summer, I recall one lady having to wade through the flood with her newly born child. It's all very well in still water, but something very different in fast flowing water, even if only a few inches deep.

    Barrie
     
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  5. Some great images.

    Send some of that rain my way.
     
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  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    A beautiful series, Barrie, though I realize their beauty belies the danger. I can feel the power.
     
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    You're welcome to our excess, have you any idea just how to get it delivered to you?

    Barrie
     
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  8. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    My friend in Yealmpton reports that river levels are high, but not as bad as previously.

    -R
     
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  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Barrie, I think you should give a phonetic pronunciation of Yealm and Yealmpton for the benefit of your non-Devonian readers ...
     
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  10. I'll do a rajn dance
     
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  11. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    You rocked it too! :cool:
     
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  12. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Lets see, the river would be Yellmm if you're trying to be posh, but perhaps Yam might be closer, although there should still be a hint of the "l" in there, the village would be Yampton, at least in my brand of Devonian, us be a funny lot down ye're (please no flame wars over this interpretation). Launceston (on the Devon/Cornwall border) is another good one, try Lawnson and as for Woolfardisworthy, well thats Woolsery obviously :biggrin:

    Barrie
     
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  13. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Hmm, I presume that's a compliment, as a 66 year old country boy I'm not familiar with this phrase in the English language :biggrin::biggrin:

    Barrie
     
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  14. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    We all need to work on that!
     
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  15. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I just pray I hear places mentioned before I see them spelled when I travel in England!
     
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  16. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    But, on a serious note, all my best to everyone affected by this flooding. It's dangerous to experience, and it can leave a heartbreaking aftermath.
     
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  17. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Don't come to Wales
     
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  18. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    559
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Or my back garden (now lake).

    -R
     
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  19. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I will let my husband plan the trip and wear dark glasses until I learn to pronounce the place names!

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  20. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    I'm so bad that when a church or street is named for an Anglo Saxon saint, I have to tell his/her story! "It's on the lane named for that bishop who wouldn't allow himself to be ransomed and was killed by Vikings." Luckily, my husband understands!

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