TQ2347 : Flanchford Bridge - Christmas 2013 floods

taken 6 years ago, near to Leigh, Surrey, Great Britain

Flanchford Bridge - Christmas 2013 floods
Flanchford Bridge - Christmas 2013 floods
23 December 2013 saw substantial rainfall in East Surrey as a major storm crossed Southern England. The result was some of the worst flooding in the area for many years taking place on Christmas Eve, due to the clay soil, already saturated from rain a few days earlier, being unable to absorb extra water. This resulted in the various streams in the area overflowing, along with the River Mole, with areas close to the river further downstream, such as at Brockham, Pixham, Burford Bridge and Leatherhead, also being successively inundated.

Among the bridges that were overtopped by the river was Flanchford Bridge, and the extra pressure on the downstream parapet led to its collapse, as seen here. Initial impressions are that the bridge structure itself remains sound, but confirmation will need to await closer inspection by engineers. Given the continued wet weather, resulting in water levels under the bridge remaining high (and the risk of repeat overtopping of the bridge), this could take time, and in the meantime the bridge remains closed to traffic.
Flanchford Bridge
A series of photos showing Flanchford Bridge, a bridge carrying Flanchford Road over the River Mole near Leigh, before and after damage caused by severe flooding in December 2013. This led to its eventual closure and replacement with a new bridge, opened to traffic on 5 March 2017.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 31 December, 2013   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 1 January, 2014
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Roads, Road transport 
Near (from Tags)
Leigh  Reigate 
Place (from Tags)
Flanchford Bridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 234 479 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:13.0699N 0:14.0497W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 234 480
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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