🌞 Embracing the Summer Solstice: A Day of Reflection 🌧️
Today, on June 21st, we find ourselves on the day that marks the beginning of summer, as the sun graces us with its longest appearance. However, amidst the anticipation of the summer season, it is important to acknowledge the significance that this month holds, both in our recent history and in the present.
Looking back 16 years ago, the UK was grappling with the aftermath of extensive floods that wreaked havoc across the country. 55,000 properties were impacted ( my own home included.) Communities were left in a state of shock and despair. The memories of the 2007 summer UK floods serve as a stark reminder of the destructive power that nature can unleash upon us.
In addition, it’s worth noting that it is also the 11th anniversary of June 2012, when the UK experienced the wettest June in 150 years. The incessant rainfall brought about widespread flooding, causing further devastation and disrupting the lives of countless individuals. These events remind us that while summer brings us joy and warmth, it doesn’t guarantee freedom from weather extremes.
As we celebrate the arrival of summer, don’t be complacent about the potential risks that surface water poses. Climate change continues to influence our weather patterns, making extreme events more frequent and intense. Rising temperatures can harden surfaces and and our drainage system soon becomes overwhelmed so when the intense rainwater falls, it hits the ground running we see an increased risk of flash floods. The recent weeks have shown us just how quickly as flood can happen.
What can we do to adapt and mitigate these risks?
Firstly, be informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts and stay updated on flood warnings in your area. Sign-up to the EA’s free flood warnings, or use a service like Resilico to receive tailored warnings.
Secondly, be prepared: Develop a flood plan to ensure everyone knows exactly what to do in case of a flood. Identify safe meeting points, gather essential supplies via a flood kit, and have a written ‘action list’ in place. More information as to how on this website. Finally, download the new edition of my Householders Guide to Property Flood Resilience – this free guide is packed with advice on being flood ready, preparing a plan, and details on steps you can take to make your home more resilient to flood waters. ( this can be found on the front page.)
As we embrace the summer solstice, let’s remember that nature’s beauty and power are two sides of the same coin! While summer brings warmth and sunshine, it also reminds us to be vigilant and prepared.
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