|Picture courtesy of Cheddar Gazette|
We live in a farming area with lots of arable crops and animal stock being the core of the local business. It must be such a struggle for the farmers in these weather conditions where the rain has been relentless.
The picture below is just stunning I think visually but really highlights the extent of the flooding outside the River Tones banks - you can see how the river normally flows and undulates through the landscape.
I really feel for the villages that are flooded and isolated by the water on the levels - some of which have been flooded since Christmas. It seems that flood risk is an ever increasing problem here in the UK and the weather does seem more extreme. Currently the main way people get around or are rescued from their homes in these conditions is by boat. Our support services are doing amazing work - often risking their own lives in difficult conditions. We are so fortunate to have such good emergency services and to have a wealth of wonderful volunteers but of course this has limited impact on those affected. My heart goes out to all of those that are flooded (or who live in fear of flood) across the county.
I hope the water ebbs soon for those in danger and that the Army (who have been drafted in this past few days to help with the situation) are able to improve things drastically for those people.
Yet more rain is forecast again this weekend which will fall on already saturated or flooded land. There are flood warnings across much of the South West of England. The resilience of those people affected is staggering and I send positive thoughts to all those struggling in these conditions this winter.
The kids and I hope to travel down to Cornwall this weekend to visit my Mum so I hope the weather improves for our journey too. I hope to post about my giveaway early tomorrow before I leave but if I don't manage it - I'll post it on Tuesday!!
Have a good weekend,