Why are we getting flood warnings all the time? There’s yet another one today, for the North West, and “parts of south-east England, East Anglia, the north and east Midlands and north and west Wales are also on alert for localised surface water flooding today and into the weekend”. What for? I live in south-east England and it hasn’t rained all day.
I blame the 2007 summer floods. I remember them because I watched the news reports, along with criticism of “the authorities”, in a Spanish villa. It seems that ever since then a bit of rain prompts yet another flood warning. A few weeks ago we must have made history as the first country to have both a hosepipe ban and flood warnings at the same time. The drought which caused the hosepipe ban meant rain would wash straight off the land and cause flooding. Then the land was saturated and rain would cause flooding. We used to have rain but now we go straight to apocalyptic flood warnings.
There’s a paranoia among the institutions that there might be some hazard, however remote, that we haven’t been warned about. Where we used to get a weather forecast, if we’re lucky we’ll get a “sun warning” instead. Before long the seasons will turn and it won’t be snow but a “snow blizzard warning”.