Archive for the ‘Weather’ Category

What a difference …

March 1, 2013

… a week makes.

Compare these photos taken today and just a week ago when the village was shrouded in 2-3 inches of snow.

Snow and more snow

January 19, 2013

3 to 4 inches of snow has fallen over the last 24 hours …

… and more is on the way, according to the BBC local weather forecast, for at least the next 48 hours.

Road closure

December 1, 2012

For the past few days the B6310 has been closed at Summerhill due to a collapsed culvert, following the heavy rain last weekend when water was gushing out of a hole in the road.

Road closure

Durham County Council’s website shows the reason for the closure on the 27th November but does not yet have a date for completion of the work to repair the culvert and road surface.

However, although the road is signed as closed, many motorists appear to be ignoring the many signs on the way to Elm Park and driving on past the closure point.

Snows Green lake

November 26, 2012

This weekend, for at least the 3rd time this year, Snows Green Road became a lake between the Junior School and Snows Green.

Snows Green lake

The lake appears during periods of heavy rain because two culverts at Elm Park and at the bottom of Benfieldside Road are partially blocked. Water overflows and runs down the road instead, forming a lake, until the road drains there are able to cope.

At the end of June, when the lake overflowed, a huge volume of water cascaded down into the village centre and flooded properties, before it finally found its way into the River Derwent.

The County Council has been made aware of the problem and intend clearing the culverts. To prevent the lake forming, the Trust has suggested that a larger drain hole be created at the lowest point in the wall at Snows Green, with a gulley across the footpath, so as to allow standing water to more easily escape back into the Burn.