The water level at Chasewater – as well as other questions – continues to fascinate. It seems I’m not the only one gazing on the waterfront – there’s another contender, top reader Andy Dennis. Following my musings last weekend on the nature of drought and the contribution of recent rains to the refilling of our local canal feeder reservoir, both Andy and myself have visited Chasewater a few times to see how things are progressing. Andy was good enough to take some pictures and send them to me… I’m not quite sure how we’ll judge it when the secondary outlet culvert is finally submerged, but not yet up to the foot of the rain gauge..
I also noted with some amusement this week, Lichfield District Council’s piss poor attempt to jump on the Chasewater refilling bandwagon. Whilst I’m sure LDC did everything within their power, they couldn’t manage the earthly task of seeing a fix through to completion, let alone master the rain gods.
The very cheek!
Andy Dennis wrote:
I’ve attached a few pictures related to rising water levels at Chasewater.
Two of the secondary outlet (continued filling without further rain) and today, taken from roughly the same place as your recent shots.
Sharp-eyed folk may have noticed the gauge on the pier, though it is till high and dry. The intervals appear to be 10cm.
One of the outfall from Fly Pool and two of Great Crane Brook running vigorously.
Today there were some people looking around the nine foot pool area and as there was one with Staffordshire Highways on his hi-vis I asked him about the status of Pool Road across the dam. He said it is a BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic) subject to a temporary closure order in connection with the works. They are to consult soon on permanent closure.