Tuesday, 29 December 2015

York Floods

I love my city. This Christmas it has been all over the telly, and for all the wrong reasons.

We were lucky. So many - thanks to the catastrophic failure of the Foss flood barrier - were not.

This is how near the river came to our house

Because a) York folk are who they are and b) the telephone exchange flooded and cut off all our phones and internet, people went out on to the streets to see what they could do to help each other.

The army were incredible, delivering thousands of sandbags and lifting in spare parts to the Foss flood barrier by Chinook helicopter.

The kindness of strangers has been humbling and heartwarming. Farmers drove to our street late at night, delivering a pump to a family battling to keep the Ouse out of their house.

David Cameron turned up in wellies and denied he or his government's policies had in any way contributed to the problem.

Shortly before Dave got there

Now we are on the eve of Storm Frank.

The bridge in Tadcaster has just collapsed.

I don't know how much more the people can take.

Just hoping we all get through this.

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