This is a zoom photograph, taken from the same position as the previous one. The river looks very peaceful in the previous picture, but this shows how deceptive that is. After weeks of heavy rain the river is on flood alert. The water thundering over the weir is only a foot below the level of the bridge, and it would take very little more volume of water now for another catastrophic flood such as the one in 1998.
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Scaffolding and protective netting has been erected around the bridge as a precaution against its being swept away in a sudden surge in the river level. Fortunately the weather had improved over the weekend that these photographs were taken, and it seemed that there would be no local downpours to make the situation worse. The river is still at risk from heavy rain upstream, but hopefully the worst danger is past now.