|2007-07-26 23:27 (UTC)
|Re: Would I laugh?
Hi, Jean Marie. Bless you, but don't worry; we're on the top two floors of a four-storey house three hundred feet above sea level, halfway up a hill and miles from the nearest body of open water. To flood us out, the whole country would have to be under about half a mile of water.
It's rained and rained and rained here but all the problems are quite a distance north and west of us. You're right, though, it is scary, and it's not just scary because thousands of people in Gloucestershire have the rivers Avon and Severn running through their front rooms, it's scary because we're an industrial nation in the first quarter of the 21st Century and we can't cope. Those thousands of people are going to be without clean drinking water for quite a long while because the flooding overwhelmed the water treatment plants and contaminated them, which seems to me a fairly basic design flaw.
Every time we have some kind of natural over-exuberance - rain, snow, high temperatures - it seems that something fundamental breaks down and compounds the suffering of people who are already suffering quite enough. The government of the day goes into hair-shirt mode and promises changes, but the next disaster that comes along seems to catch them just as flat-footed. I tear my hair sometimes, I really do.
Bogna, incidentally, is in Poland at the moment (where they've been having temperatures in the mid-40s Centigrade) so you can laugh at me all you want.