After the rain

I needed to run an errand this morning. When I looked outside, the sun was shining brightly but the ground was wet and there were large puddles everywhere. It had rained and I hadn’t even noticed it.

Reflections in a puddle
Reflections in a puddle

When it rains this hard, London’s streets cannot cope with the influx of water. Drains gag on the current and uneven surfaces collect huge puddles.

Looking up Amwell Street
Looking up Amwell Street

Surfaces were soaking wet and the cool winter sunlight was making no headway in drying them.

St Mark's Church
St Mark’s Church

In Myddelton Square, St Mark’s Church was basking in sunlight under a blue sky with innocent-looking white clouds. Had there really been a downpour minutes earlier? The puddle says there had.


Making the most of the sunny interval, a grey squirrel darted across the pavement and stopped between railings to watch me. Had I got anything for him? Unfortunately, no, I had not brought my usual bag of peanuts with me. Next time… promise…

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I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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2 Responses to After the rain

  1. WOL says:

    As frequently as it rains there, I’m surprise London isn’t better equipped to handle rain runoff. We don’t get much rain a year here (16 inches on average) but the joke is that you should be here on the day it comes. Typically, it will come pelting down, several inches at a go and it falls within a very short period of time (30 minutes to an hour). We have to have storm drains to cope with the runoff, and playa lakes to put the runoff in, or certain lower lying areas of the city can flood. When I worked at the hospital, and because it was right across the street from a playa lake — even one that had concrete spillways and “toothed” curbing to allow water to run in straight off the street, we would sometimes get deluges that would pile feet of water in the street. That was in the 1980’s and they have since put in more storm drains, but every now and again, the system gets overwhelmed. Actually, as little rain as we got last year, we’d be delighted to get several good hard “gully washers.”

    • SilverTiger says:

      Lots of rain in London? Surely you jest? 🙂 Yep, I can get wet here…

      I think the main problem is that frequent digging up of roads to access sewers and gas and water mains, etc. leads to uneven surfaces that form puddles, allied with the huge quantities of rubbish that selfish Londoners drop on the ground that subsequently end up blockimg the drains.

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