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31st July 2009 HD FLOOD FILM: THE RIVER WYE - 24 HOURS IN 2.4 MINUTES
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The River Wye started to rise in Ross on Thursday morning, following the 36.3 mm of rain which deluged upon us on Wednesday. In town, Brookend Street suffered a flash flood at approximately 6.30pm on the Wednesday and the River began to rise the following morning, peaking by about 11.00am and remaining high until after darkness had fallen. I stopped filming at around 11.30pm.

I filmed the Wye in time lapse to make the short sequence below, beginning on Wednesday evening and finishing, Thursday evening. Unfortunately, in this day and age, I would not risk leaving a camera unattended in the dead of night, which is when the level both rose and fell, so this film shows both the very beginning and peak of high water levels. The main sequence at the end of the film was shot over a period of 10 hours from the top of the White Lion Inn fire escape. It consists of one frame shot every 30 seconds, played back at 25 frames per second. I'm feeling a little slow today and so I am not sure I can get my head around the maths, but I think this means that it runs at 50 times actual speed. The other scenes are 10 and 20 times actual speed.

The moon shots occurred on Wednesday. After the storm had finally subsided, the sky cleared. I would love to have stayed out longer and made these sequences longer but - you know how the body clock can be sometimes. I had been out all day and had no option but to pack up and head, walking very awkwardly, for the nearest convenience, which happened to be the campers' one at the White Lion.

This short film was rushed together very quickly in order to get it out today, so is not my best editing, I'm afraid. Hope you enjoy it anyway - despite the trials and tribulations making it.


24 hours of flooded River Wye footage in 2.4 minutes (ish).

Brookend Street on Wednesday - after the flash floodwater had subsided. I did take the photo, even though I am in it. The camera was set to trigger from inside my van for time lapse photography, however, I arrived too late to catch the main flood, so did not use these scenes in the film above.

The River Wye from Wilton last night.

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