It’s a wee bit damp

While I was filling my Nespresso machine’s water tank in the kitchen at work this morning, I happened to glance out of the window and noticed something a little unusual. There was a lot of rather muddy water running down Grey Street, which suggested that either someone had got a bit over-enthusiastic about washing their car, or something was leaking. When I went out at lunchtime, I took my Olympus Pen with me so I could investigate properly. This is a sample of what Grey Street had to offer:

Grey Street River

Grey Street River

Quite a lot of water? No. What was happening at the Theatre Royal was a lot of water. Either that, or someone was going for the “novel water feature” thing:

Theatre Royal Waterfall 1

Theatre Royal Waterfall 1

Note the bits of rubble being washed down from somewhere. Let’s have a closer look at that:

Theatre Royal Waterfall 2

Theatre Royal Waterfall 2

Now that’s a lot of water. So where was it coming from, I wondered. The Market Street Torrent offered a clue:

Market Street Torrent

Market Street Torrent

Apparently this flow was a bit too much for the drainage system:

Swirly!

Swirly!

And so I walked up Market Street to the junction with Pilgrim Street, and saw the problem:

Errr, ooops?

Errr, ooops?

Yup, water coming out of the ground and streaming down Pilgrim Street and Market Street. Most of it seemed to be coming from this bit of pavement:

The Source 1

The Source 1

With a bit more coming from here:

The Source 2

The Source 2

With a bit more bubbling out of a bit of the road that looks like it might have been “repaired” recently:

The Source 3

The Source 3

There were a load of guys from the water company, and some contractors looking at it, and as I left the scene, some digging equipment arrived.

By the time I left the office this evening, the Grey Street River had reduced a wee bit, but there was a whole new stream pouring down Shakespeare Street. Market Street was still a wee bit wet, with the bus stops taken out of use, and presumably some work going on somewhere…

Fun. Or not.

2 thoughts on “It’s a wee bit damp

    1. Les Post author

      Thanks – I was expecting them to make a bigger story of it…

      Though they did get the detail that apparently an inspection cover flew through the air in a moderately alarming manner…

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