Building your flood defences

Building your flood defences


Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  He was referring to the salty sea surrounding him and not the flood across the north of England, the Scottish Borders and Kerala in India, where there is indeed water, water everywhere and none of it safe to drink.

I don’t have any firsthand knowledge of the Indian monsoon and subsequent floods but although not as badly flooded as Cumbria, we in Durham have had our fair share of floods both this week and before. The downpour can only be described as Biblical and the winds that accompanied the rain were equally terrifying, particularly if like me you were driving north up the A68 at the time.

Much has been said about the unpredictability of the weather, that nobody could have foreseen the sheer volume of water that fell (more in 24 hours than usually falls in a month).  Most flood defences were breached but the time they did hold back the water gave people more time to prepare to evacuate.  Not ideal but better than nothing.

What flood defences do you have?  Not for your house but for you.  As we come to the end of the year most of us give some time to reflect over what we have achieved and what didn’t go quite according to plan.  This year, why not spend some time reflecting a bit further and consider your strengths and weaknesses.  We often think we already know what they are, but as we grow older we change and just as the clothes we bought when we were in our twenties probably no longer fit or suit us, so our characteristics also evolve and change.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is like building your own flood defences.  When you know where you are likely to struggle you are better prepared and ready to ask for help or support.  When you know your strengths then you are in a position to raise the bar a little and perhaps achieve far more than you originally expected.

Take some time today to review your flood defences and make sure that they are in tip top condition to protect you over the coming year.