The Great Storm!

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We survived relatively unscathed here in Little Venice. The strongest winds since 1986 were forecast on the early morning of 28th October 2013 and sure enough they came! I left Lady A as securely moored as possible and returned the next morning to find everything was fine.

Fallen tree on a boat at Paddington

Fallen tree on a boat at Paddington

A few of our neighbours had a little trouble though – a tree fell on a boat outside the Nissan Design Centre/ Battleship Building at the Paddington Basin entrance. No permanent damage done and the boater had already cleared up most of the fallen tree before the official channels reacted – two weeks later all the trees have been removed on the towpath at this location!

Steering Jasons Trip past fallen tree

I was skipper on Jasons Trip that morning and so I cycled the route from Little Venice to Camden to check for fallen trees. One or two large branches in the water and a very large part of a tree at Blowup Bridge but it wasn’t completely blocking the canal, and so we went ahead and operated as normal.

Tree fallen across Blomfield Road

Tree fallen across Blomfield Road

Neighbouring roads were closed – Blomfield Road and Randloph Road, both with large trees down, and I was impressed with the speed of the cleanup operation which allowed both these roads to be reopened by early afternoon.

So altogether I think this was pretty much a near miss, and allowed Lady A to continue operations without any problems.