With this exceedingly heavy continuous rain, flooding is inevitable. What had made this worse is that the rivers have not been dredged in years. It use to be done by the Water Board but since that national company was sold off and privatised, the companies have not done it and the duty has fallen to the Dept. of the Environment.
Fact is that the ground is so drenched that water is coming out of the ground. One man, whose house was a couple of feet above the flood had pulled a floorboard up to find two or three inches of water under the floor.
I have only ever helped clear one house that had been flooded with rainwater and it was a mess with silt and dead animals in there. These people in the more urban areas have also raw sewerage floating around.
It is throwing it down with rain at the moment, high winds coming in again. I am in no danger of flooding (unless the roof gets blown away!) but keep thinking of those who are suffering.
One thing I will say, the rural communities will pull together and help each other. One farmer with 500 ewes to start lambing is now flooded, had nowhere to put them as his barns are under water. Within a couple of hours other farmers, out of the area had arrived with wagons and taken the ewes to lamb them.