My thoughts go out to those coping with the effects of flood, rain and wind damage, little helped by the power failures because of the extremes. All credit to the emergency services and the Environment Agency staff who have their jobs made more difficult by such events. The after effects drag on for months – so be both determined and patient.
It’s worth bearing in mind that the spokesperson on BBC news recently did something of a PR job, stressing that the EA does what it can with the money available. Flood defense budgets were reportedly cut back in 2010 and have only been augmented after serious flood events. You’d have to wonder about looming elections when considering this move. Projects that were under way did in fact suffer in the cuts a couple of years back.
If anyone wishes to submit any images or to send links which I may seek to include of BG coping with this weather, feel free to comment. As other parts of Kent are well covered elsewhere my focus would be on the village.
Happy New year for 2014!