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A challenge for us all

The last 2 weeks has seen the challenge of flooding return to the UK with a vengeance.  In the middle of November, seasonal storms battered southern England.  Of particular interest for us was the reporting of a number of tornados but nothing to compare to the force 4 tornado that hit Birmingham in July 2005.  From 19th-21st November it was Cumbria and more generally North West England and West Scotland that were in the firing line.  Thousands of people in flood-stricken communities are starting the working week amid widespread disruption, with school and road closures. Of particular concern is news that the Met Office and Environment Agency are warning that heavy rain over the next few days could exacerbate problems following last week’s record rainfall. The heaviest of the rain will again fall over Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders during Tuesday. An additional 50 to 75 mm of rain is expected over parts of these regions by Wednesday morning, and up to 100 mm over the Cumbrian Fells.

However, they are not expecting the same volumes of rainfall as last week nor the same widespread property flooding. They are concerned about the ongoing risk to infrastructure, particularly bridges, and the possible risk to life in the area as the river flows increase. Elsewhere levels on the River Severn are being closely monitored and temporary defences have been deployed to protect properties in Shrewsbury and Bewdley.

On a lighter note

West Midlands pub giant Marston’s has said that its Jennings beer will still be available after the brewery that makes it was shut down by the flooding in Cumbria.

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