Parts of the UK have been experiencing torrential rain and flooding. Six months the UK was declared a drought region after a winter of low levels of rainfall. Since then it has hardly stopped raining at all. The Summer was one of the wettest on record and as Winter closes in nothing as changed it seems.
The flooding last week claimed one life. A man was killed when he became trapped in a car as flood waters rose. By the time he was freed from the car he had died. During the weekend two more people are reported to have died as a result of the floods. One was a 21-year-old woman was killed when she became trapped under a falling tree.
The worst hit area last week was Somerset. The cost to householders and businesses in the region will be high. Then there is the trauma experienced by people who are caught up in flooding.
Today the rain is moving northward affecting more areas. Hundreds of flood warning are in place across the UK. After a summer of prolonged rain the ground is sodden. This means that the rain has nowhere to go. Flooding becomes inevitable in heavy rain.
You have to wonder about water management in the UK. Surely when there is so much water about it could be utilised better easing flood problems. There is no doubt that a period of dry weather will still see the environment agency declaring a drought in Spring. We must be able to manage our water resources better?
Part of the problem of course is that our water services were privatised under Thatcher. This means that all the regional water boards are working for their own agenda and profits. Their priority is not investment to ensure a ready supply of safe water but profits.
Insurance companies are said to be on the brink of collapse following an increased number of hefty flood damage claims over the last few years. Most insurers increased the premiums of flood victims but in the short term that does not recoup the costs.
It is expected that the government may be asked to ease the burden of insurers and offer assistance to flood victims left in the lurch.
A period of dry cold weather is expected later this week. Whilst that is good news those householders whose homes have been flooded will face more challenges.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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