One culvert that gave us trouble was a pipe that takes the Leap Mill Burn under the main drive. Any visitors to Gibside will have noticed the pool at the side of the drive growing over the last week or so.
|The pool at it's height|
|Overflow water from the near-by town of Burnopfield|
We needed to open up the culvert to let the water through before the pressure of the water washed the road away, but to access the culvert, we needed to get rid of the water. So we hired a huge pump.
When we could finally get down to digging, we found that the pipe entrance was covered with logs and branches, and the silt had built up behind them. Some of the logs were huge, and we needed a winch to lift them out.
|A few of the muddy logs and branches that we removed form the blockage.|
|The entrance to the culvert|
Since then the sun has come out, and we're hoping it stays that way - we've seen enough rain and mud to last for a while!