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article imageCleaning up after the floods

By Alexander Baron     Dec 16, 2013 in Environment
Flooding was in the news earlier this month, and it still is, but some people are even unhappier with the response than they were with the deluge.
Flooding has hit the UK from Rhyl on the north coast of Wales to Suffolk on the east coast of England. The former has caused not only substantial damage but has brought out those who batten off human misery. Police in the town are installing temporary CCTV cameras to guard against them. Rogue traders are also said to be "offering services in the wake of the destruction".
On the other side of the country, one flood victim branded the response - or perhaps that should be non-response - of officialdom disgusting. Amy Judge who is said to have lost everything, hit out at Waveney District Council for its intransigence. Fortunately, most people do not appear to have shared her experience, but even one MP said the flood defences at Lowestoft needed improvement.
Once again it might be an idea to take a leaf out of America's book; Stateside, the private sector is heavily involved in both water damage restoration and in helping prevent the mess in the first place. Having said that, the Environment Agency is doing sterling work. If you live in an area that is likely to be flooded, you can now sign up for a flood warning from its website. Also, there have also been only a handful of deaths compared with 307 in the great floods of 1953, many of which were avoidable.
Prime Minister Cameron says he is committed to not only helping the victims of the current floods but to further minimising any damage from future surges.
You can find some excellent (read depressing) footage of the floods, especially from Rhyl, on YouTube.
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