The impact on the health of the river is less visible. A friend reported seeing a slick of fuel on the water and that mud where the crayfish, bullhead, minnows and sticklebacks gasped was sewage contaminated sludge. Large tree trunks brought down in the flood now lie stranded. Once the river calms again you can work out how the bed of the river has been changed. Below the weir at Stramongate the river is constricted into a channel by huge beds of stone and shingle brought down in the flood, now dumped in the bed of the river.
There’s litter everywhere, street litter. Kendal is a well-kept town, by and large. I suppose all resources are being ploughed into flood relief, ensuring safety , keeping the roads open. Even so, it will be good to see the streets clean again.