On the afternoon and evening of Friday 20 July 2007 Badsey Brook became a serious river and torrential rain flooded many parts of the parish, making it inaccessible to most vehicles. The following morning large areas were still underwater.
The flooding is considerably more serious than that experienced in 1998 and is comparable with that in 1968. Here is information
about previous floods.
We are grateful to everyone who has contributed pictures. Please do not send any more at present.
Badsey Lane (1 of 3). These three pictures were all taken on Saturday morning when the water had gone down a little. The bridge across Badsey Brook is just out of sight and has suffered serious damage. The brook itself grew to amazing proportions - looking as wide as the River Avon in many places. Photo: Maureen Spinks. Badsey Lane (2 of 3). Photo: Tony Spinks. Badsey Lane (3 of 3). Rumours spread that the bridge along had Badsey Lane had been washed away. Fortunately, they were incorrect. Photo: Richard Phillips. Mill Cottages (1 of 2). The depth of water must have been near its maximum when this was taken on Friday evening. Many houses along Mill Lane became flooded as Badsey Brook expanded. The second picture shows the following morning with water levels down and residents beginning the sad business of sorting out the mess. Figures are not yet available but dozens of other houses in Badsey and Aldington have had rooms filled with water. Photo: Lucy Biltcliffe. Mill Cottages (2 of 2). Photo: Richard Phillips. Badsey High Street (1 of 3). These were all taken mid afternoon on Friday. They show the Wheatsheaf Inn, The Firs, next to the church, and Malvern House. Here the flooding is not from Badsey Brook but is the result of very heavy rainfall. Photo: Maureen Spinks. Badsey High Street (2 of 3). Photo: Maureen Spinks. Badsey High Street (3 of 3). Photo: Maureen Spinks. An orchard on Brewers Lane. The ancient ridge and furrow pattern has become an extraordinary lake. Taken Saturday morning. Photo: Richard Phillips. Monks Path looking towards Badsey Brook. Many fences and sheds have been demolished by the force of flooding. Photo: Richard Phillips. Aldington (1 of 3). Aldington Village Street was taken on Friday evening. Here the flooding is due to the quantity of rain water not getting down the drains quickly enough. The water got into at least two of the adjacent houses. Photo: Louise & John Sparrow. Aldington (2 of 3). A long section of Mill Lane was covered with water from Badsey Brook. Photo: Louise & John Sparrow. Aldington (3 of 3). This picture gives some idea of how much Badsey Brook grew in size. The large expanse of water is looking towards Aldington from Horsebridge on Badsey Road. Photo: Louise & John Sparrow. Birmingham Road (1 of 2). When these photos were taken on Saturday morning, the water had gone down enough for Badsey Road and Bretforton Road to be open to traffic. But other routes like this one were still deep in water. Photo: Richard Phillips. Birmingham Road (2 of 2). Photo: Richard Phillips. The aftermath (1 of 5). A shed from a Seward Road garden went floating down the Brook like Noah's Ark; here it is on Sunday morning. Photo: Tony Spinks. The aftermath (2 of 5). Sunday morning, a general view of Under Badsey from the footpath, showing some of the damage. Photo: Tony Spinks. The aftermath (3 of 5). Sunday morning, John and Zinzan on a mercy mission to rescue ornamental fish which had been washed away from garden ponds. After the picture was taken, they were able to discover the owner of three fish and return them. Photo: Tony Spinks. The aftermath (4 of 5). Damage at Horsebridge. Photo Ian Gibson. The aftermath (5 of 5). Damage at Horsebridge, with fencing washed away. Photo: Louise & John Sparrow. Beyond the parish (1 of 3). The impact of the flood arrived in Evesham on Saturday, about 18 hours after Badsey's peak. The River Avon rose dramatically and the town's problems were serious enough to become the lead story on that day's television news. The picture shows Port Street looking towards Workman Bridge. Photo: Lizzie Noyes. Beyond the parish (2 of 3). Evesham near the Abbey Bridge. Photo: Lizzie Noyes. Beyond the parish (3 of 3). The sad state of the Bridge Inn by the River Avon in Offenham. Photo: Lizzie Noyes.