High Water Events


Flooding

Floods are the bane of a miller’s life for the most part.  Water-powered mills are almost always located in a flood plain and therefore subject the periodic excess water events.  Britain Mill is no exception to this rule.

There is no historical record to be found of the earliest floods, but one in the Spring of 1993 was termed a “five-hundred year” event.  The only surviving documentation is a home-made movie taken after the flood crested.  A seven-minute clip can be seen here:  1993 Flood

 

Later floods have not been quite as destructive, but one just after Christmas 2015 comes close.  In this case the water level reached the middle of the windows; about 56″ above floor level in the mill.

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Mill pond as the flood recedes. Note black ferry right of center, adrift on the flood plain.

 

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The car stalled and was abandoned before being covered over the roof. An uprooted fence in the foreground.

 

Silted floor inside mill

Silted floor inside mill

 

 

Debris wedged on top of the water wheel

Debris wedged on top of the water wheel

 

Flood level clearly marked inside

Flood level clearly marked inside


Earliest Days  1840-1856

Expansion  1857-1911

Maturation 1912-1945

Restoration 1974-2005

Belated Cellar Rehab 2016

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