Flood and tides on the Dart at Totnes

The river Dart is one of the main rivers that takes water from the eastern side of Dartmoor.  Rain there – particularly in the winter – can be heavy over a number of days.  This can lead to very high river levels downstream for a number of days.  Once that flood reaches the tidal stretches of the Dart just above Totnes there can be quite dramatic effects.  High tides combine with the water coming downstream to leave river levels unusually high.

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Day 1 – in flood

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Day 2 – high tide flood

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Day 3 – still high

I live quite close to the river near Totnes and chance had me crossing the old bridge into town on three consecutive days in a period of bad weather.  I took the images on three consecutive days in January 2018 (4, 5 and 6).  On the first day (top image) it was raining at the time.  The colour of the water indicates that it has been affected by run off and flooding.  The second day (middle image) the rain had stopped but the flooding along the side of the river is clearly visible.  The third day (bottom image) the river is still high however it is calmer and getting back to more normal levels.  For information I previously blogged about the Dart at Totnes a while ago and a 2016 blog is here, a 2012 blog is here.