Posted: 08/12/2013 at 15:08
Here in central Norfolk we've been fine - 10 minutes gathering up empty plastic pots was the worst of it. My family members in 4 communities on the Suffolk coast have felt the impact - elderly parents in a care home on the Suffolk coast have been cared for by staff who stayed overnight and worked double and treble shifts because the small town has been cut off by floods - people living nearer the harbour were evacuated.
Son and daughter in law in another small community a mile inland were also cut off for a while by floodwater, but no damage done.
We sometimes moan about the weather forecasting, but when we compare what happened last week with what happened in 1953 we should be grateful that we were forewarned and prepared.
My daughter's mother in law in Ipswich was fine, although the roads and waterfront near her home were flooded.
My brother is a farmer - large areas of land that he farms have been inundated with salt water making it infertile for some years to come. He is a big farmer and will survive this, but it may well have an impact on local employment and the price of vegetables in the shops in the future.