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When the River Clyde collapsed (even more)

I’ve already been lucky once, and found some remaining evidence of how the banks of the River Clyde subsided when the tidal weir failed and allowed the river level to fall below its now long-established normal level.

I thought the subsided walkway I found that day was all that was left of the damage caused during that event, since it had taken me so long to get anywhere the affected area.

I was wrong.

Wandering even further west of that damage, along Adelphi Street, I came across an even more extreme case of subsidence following the loss of water level during weir failure.

The first find looked impressive enough, but this second area had even better (worse?) evidence remaining of the damage.

I find it amazing that this degree of damage could follow after what amounted to only hours of reduction in the level of the river compared to its usual height, maintained for decades by the weir, yet so quickly defeated as the banks drained.

If that was your cycle path – you’ve had it (it’s OK, they marked out a new path to the left).

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

Poor lamp.

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

This was the most impressive section – just look at the row of kerb stones suspended in mid-air after the ground fell away below them.

You probably couldn’t have made that happen if someone had offered to pay you to do it.

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

River Clyde Tidal Weir Subsidence Adelphi Street

I don’t suppose anybody else is in any pleased about this, but I have to confess I am, as I really wanted to see what had happened, and was disappointed at not being able to make it along for a look at the time.

(OK council, you can fix it all now.)

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08/06/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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