Together, whatever the weather
As the Event Director and Organiser of the Flood Expo, I am attempting to understand the crisis we find ourselves in.
I say attempt, as I believe we cannot truly comprehend the gravity of the flooding we have experienced over the last couple of months. The Environment Agency has reported that England has had more than 200% of its average February rainfall, with some areas receiving a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours.
This, according to the Met Office, has resulted in the wettest February since records began in 1862. An average of 202.1mm of rain fell - eclipsing the previous record of 193.4mm in 1990.
With much of the country underwater, and with flood defences being breached and damaged in the worst affected areas, the question remains.
What can we do to help?
As a part of the UK flood community I am asking for the rest of the country to take a moment to acknowledge the work of some fantastic organisations who have worked flat out over the last couple of months to help those affected by flooding.
The National Flood Forum is a national charity that is dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.
UK Community Foundations have launched various appeals in parts of the country that have been affected by severe flooding causing immense damage to homes, properties and has left many people displaced.
The floods don’t only affect humans though. During Storm Dennis, the RSPCA responded to over 200 emergencies, with their specialist water rescue team and frontline officers working round-the-clock over for 72 hours to assess and rescue as many animals as possible.
We, as a country, need to work together and support the UK flood community. If we keep our finger on the pulse and keep raising awareness of the unbelievable work they do, we can ensure that this crucial issue remains on the government’s agenda all year round. We can only fix this together.